40 Common Sayings with Surprising Origins You Never Would Have Guessed

January 28, 2019 10:43 am  |  Comments: 0  | Views: 165019

Give the Cold Shoulder

Meaning: Being unwelcoming or antisocial toward someone; Ignoring, or rudely snubbing someone

Origin: In medieval England, it was customary to give a guest a cold piece of meat from the shoulder of mutton, pork, or beef chop when the host felt it was time for the guest to leave. This was a polite way to communicate, “You may leave, now.”

Sources: List25, Know your Phrase, History.com

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