Giving someone the “cold shoulder” means that you are being disrespectful and trying to get rid of them. There is a legend that houseguests who had overstayed their welcome were served cold meat from an animal’s shoulder. This cold shoulder was an inferior cut and a signal that they needed to move on. In fact, this expression first appeared in 1816 in a novel called the Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott. Scott used the expression a “cold shoulder” to mean turning your body away from someone so that they will not continue to pester you. (Source)
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