a person who is very reserved or aloof in manner or who lacks normal cordiality, sympathy, or other feeling.
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How to use cold fish in a sentence
The two seamen made a good meal of some cold fish and bread and the bottle of wine, most of which latter going down Dan's throat.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser | Walter Fenton Mott
Take any sort of cold fish, bone it, and then chop it with the remains of a cold omelet, and some mushrooms if you have them.Domestic French Cookery, 4th ed. | Sulpice Baru
It was cold fish and sea-sodden hardtack till they saw land again—if they ever did.The Valor of Cappen Varra | Poul William Anderson
Into this pour creamed fish made by mixing equal proportions of left-over cold fish and white sauce.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
To possess these qualities opens one to the suspicion of being a cold fish.The Unpopular Review Vol. I | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cold fish
an unemotional and unfriendly person
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cold fish
A hard-hearted, unfeeling individual, one who shows no emotion, as in Not even the eulogy moved him; he's a real cold fish. This expression was used by Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale (4:4): “It was thought she was a woman, and was turn'd into a cold fish.” However, it came into wider use only in the first half of the 1900s.
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