in cold blood

Definitions

  • When I come to think the matter over in cold blood
    When I come to think the matter over in cold blood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv in cold blood in a cold unemotional manner "he killed her in cold blood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • In cold blood without excitement or passion; deliberately.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • In cold blood with deliberate intent, not under the influence of passion
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Quotations

  • Arnold H. Glasgow
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    “Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.”
  • Francis H. Bradley
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    “Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.”

Idioms

In cold blood - If something is done in cold blood, it is done ruthlessly, without any emotion.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ceald; Scot, cauld, Ger. kalt; cog. also with Eng. cool, Ice. kala, to freeze, L. gelidusgelu, frost.

Usage

In literature:

Clime, cold in, are cold in blood, 352.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
He shivered, in the room super-heated by summer; his blood ran thinner and cold.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Here is another bit of quiet bravery, loftier than the slaughter, in hot or cold blood, of one's fellow-creatures!
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
They were ambushed and slaughtered in cold blood.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
He did not relish the business of killing in cold blood even the man he hated.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
It must be allowed in favor of those tyrants of antiquity, that what was done by them could hardly be said to be done in cold blood.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
You couldn't do it in cold blood, even although they are bad men.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
Mrs. Lathrop, it was another road o' hills, 'n' I must say 's the sight made my blood run cold for the third time in one day.
"Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop" by Anne Warner
The Democratic party was killed in cold blood by Southern traitors.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
They knocked him down with a sheathed sword, took him prisoner, then stabbed him in cold blood.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
Hartmut had spent no winters in the north since his boyhood's days, and the cold seemed to freeze the very blood in his veins.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
Sapor's Son made Prisoner and murdered in cold blood.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
You see, monsieur, that I reason in cold blood, and that I do not love you, because you never would be able to love me.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Her blood turned cold in her veins, but her heart grew stronger, and she determined to know the worst.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
It puts my conduct in an awfully cold-blooded light, but I hope you don't think me utterly ungrateful.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
He was brought to this decision by a matricide perpetrated in cold blood at Subiaco, on September 5, 1599.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Actually tried to kill you in cold blood?
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
Many escaped to the hills; but the chief himself and over thirty others were murdered in cold blood.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
I would rather lose my commission than run the risk of being massacred in cold blood.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Comfort had never been whipped in her life, and her blood ran cold at the thought of it.
"Comfort Pease and her Gold Ring" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

With desire and admiration,
All his blood-bought flock behold;
Him who wrought out their salvation,
And enclosed them in his fold:
Yet their warmest love, and praises, are too cold.
"On One Stone Shall Be Seven Eyes" by John Newton
Lo, I am matched with Jehovah. Life of his giving
Have I destroyed and made vain. Cold and apart,
Abel lies dead in his grave while I, Cain, am living.
Warm, with the blood in my veins and desire in
my heart.
"Cain's Song" by Ethel Clifford
Oh! That battlefield was a fearful sight to behold,
'Twas enough to make one's blood run cold
To hear the crack, crack of the musketry and the cannon's roar,
Whilst the dead and the dying lay weltering in their gore.
"The Battle of Corunna" by William Topaz McGonagall
The scene in the Hall was heart-sickening to behold,
And enough to make one's blood run cold.
To see the children's faces, blackened, that were trampled to death,
And their parents lamenting o'er them with bated breath.
"The Sunderland Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall
That boy I took in the car last night,
With the body that awfully sagged away,
And the lips blood-crisped, and the eyes flame-bright,
And the poor hands folded and cold as clay —
Oh, I've thought and I've thought of him all the day.
"A Casualty" by Robert W Service
In vain the glory of the brow where proudly swell above
The growing horns, significant of battle and of love;
For in thy honor he shall die,--the offspring of the herd,--
And with his crimson life-blood thy cold waters shall be stirred.
"To The Fountain Of Bandusia" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

He shot 13 people in cold blood, killing six.
Records from the murder of a Kansas family that inspired Truman Capote 's "In Cold Blood" are not up for sale, a judge has ruled.
In this week's Talk of the Town, Clifford and Dolores Hope, close acquaintances of Truman Capote and Nell Harper Lee during their research for Capote 's novel, "In Cold Blood," sit down and talk with The Telegram.
Specifically, I was interested in Capote 's writing of In Cold Blood (the main subject of the movie) and how accurate that book actually was.
A chilling ' Capote ,' caught in cold blood.
Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in ' Capote ,' set in the time period when the author was writing 'In Cold Blood.
Video appears to show Syrian rebels executing captured soldiers in cold blood .
First-edition 'In Cold Blood ' donated to WU.
Court should rule against sale of ' In Cold Blood ' items.
'Killing Them Softly' trailer: In cold blood .
Original documents from the murders of a southwest Kansas family that became the subject of Truman Capote's " In Cold Blood " are being auctioned off.
' In Cold Blood ' too bloody for students.
A Kazakh border guard has confessed to killing 14 fellow soldiers and a herder in cold blood at a remote post near the Chinese frontier, prosecutors said on Thursday, adding that hazing, or severe bullying, may have prompted the massacre.
Blood and Honey Photojournalist Ron Haviv went to Yugoslavia in 1991, intrigued by the nascent independence movement in one of the last countries still intact after the Cold War.
The 1972 Games in Munich will forever be remembered because Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 Israeli athletes there in cold blood.
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