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noun, Informal.
a person who is very reserved or aloof in manner or who lacks normal cordiality, sympathy, or other feeling.
an unemotional and unfriendly person


: Jackson offered a cold-fish handshake to Antrim after the game

noun phrase

A person who lacks emotional warmth, compassion, sociability, etc; iceberg (1920s+)
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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