silent treatment


noun

an act or instance of maintaining silence or aloofness toward another person, especially as a means of indicating disapproval or rejection.

Nearby words

  1. silent cop,
  2. silent disco,
  3. silent majority,
  4. silent partner,
  5. silent service,
  6. silent vote,
  7. silently,
  8. silenus,
  9. silesia,
  10. silesian

Origin of silent treatment

First recorded in 1945–50

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