from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A startlingly chilly, unenthusiastic reaction, response, or reception: "The elections, however, amounted to a cold shower for the . . . authorities” ( Los Angeles Times).


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  • But he yearned for the cold shower bath he had been accustomed to take under the jet of the wash-deck pump; his skin seemed to creep when he stopped to consider it, and it was a ghoulish business to make shift with washing glove and soap, wetting a few inches at a time.

    Flying Colours

  • A power nap, cold shower and two PBJs had recharged him, not enough to face Mary Elise just yet, however.

    Strategic Engagement


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