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cold comfort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cold comfort very limited consolation or empathy "he told me that time heals all wounds but that was cold comfort to me"
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “He receives comfort like cold porridge.”

Usage

In literature:

But all this was cold comfort to us.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The day was cold and she was without any appearance of what we call comfort.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
They had, however, this one comfort: the cold weather kept the Indians at home.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
It's always such cold comfort as that one gets, when the world means to thrust one to the wall.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
This makes it quite cold, and flannels and thick coats are comfortable.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay
By the cold food, I mean that a engine-driver never gets his meals comfortable.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
It's cold too; interferes with my comfort generally.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Her cold, formal religion was no comfort to her in moments like these.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I'll give you a drink of cold milk, warmed up with a sup of hot water through it, and a bit of bread, to comfort your stomachs.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Further up, though the plantations on the hills are noble, the valley was cold and naked, wanting hedgerows and comfortable houses.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
He had burst from the restful, if cold, comfort of his cave upon the warring elements.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
The rain was nearly over, but she was too wet and too cold to take comfort in that.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
The weather was now getting very cold, and we set about making ourselves as comfortable as possible in camp.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
We should have been most comfortable but for the piercingly cold draughts.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
True, it would cost something, but the custom had been to keep the hall comfortable through cold weather.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby
Consoled by that, comforted already, he shuffled into the kitchen and consumed the cold veal.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
It was very comfortable; she was not so cold now.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
That is just the comfort of having a cold heart; we can never feel any fear at such thoughts.
"The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart" by Adelbert von Chamisso
A cold leg of mutton, or some comfortable trifle of that sort.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
It was not cold, but comfortably cool.
"Voyage To Eternity" by Milton Lesser
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In poetry:

And on her lips with smiles astir,
Ah me, what prayer of old
May now be kissed to comfort her,
Should Love or Life grow cold.
"To My Children" by Dollie Radford
But the silence is breaking my heart,
And tears cannot comfort me
With God in His cold blue sky,
And my boy in the cold blue sea.
"A Mother To The Sea" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
"Words of Comfort," thus they speak—
"Mother, cease to soil with weeping
That pure cheek so cold and pale;
Baby is not dead but sleeping!"
""Words of Comfort"" by Janet Hamilton
The gladness of that happy day,
Our hearts would wish it long to stay;
Nor let our faith forsake its hold,
Nor comfort sink, nor love grow cold.
"Hymn 72" by Isaac Watts
"Now who will comfort him if he cry;
And who will suckle him by and bye?
For my hands are cold and my breasts are dry,
And I think that my time has come to die."
"Mary Of Magdala" by Edith Nesbit
No comfort to my wounded sight,
In the suns busy and imperti'nent Light.
Then down I laid my head;
Down on cold earth; and for a while was dead,
And my freed soul to a strange somewhere fled.
"The Despair" by Abraham Cowley

In news:

Michael DeMocker / The Times-Picayune No matter how you cook it, chicken on a cold, wet day can be comfort food.
Sometimes, winning a Best Female R&B Vocal Grammy is cold comfort.
Cold brings return of youthful comforts.
The GOP's Cold Comfort Denial is no consolation — it's time for clear-eyed reassessment.
But we still have a cold night or two, and maybe some snow ahead of us - days or nights when we will want to reach for a flavorful comfort wine.
My father was a wonderfully outrageous Italian patriarch, a towering, lovable intellectual as comfortable discussing cold fusion as he was re-reading with real intrigue and wonder Green Eggs and Ham.
There are few things more comforting on a cold day than a hot bowl of soup.
Rattlesnakes, some say "it's what put Sweetwater Texas on the map", others say "it's best served with coleslaw and an ice cold beer" and I say "put on some comfortable walking shoes 'cause there's a lot to see and do".
Nothing is more cool and refreshing than sipping on an ice-cold drink while enjoying a meal made on the grill or resting in the comfort of a hammock.
The cold weather makes us crave comfort foods, but there's nothing fast about cooking them.
A coldly comforting Christmas with Stella Gibbons.
Sip one of these comforting recipes during cold and flu season.
On a cold winter's day there's nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup .
There are few things more comforting on a cold day than a hot bowl of soup .
Couple things to talk about the next several days: 1) How the cold & windy weather prompts comfort food talk like mom's homemade turkey soup.
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In science:

In any case, it is comforting that the “cold” local velocity field is reproduced within the current favored ΛCDM cosmological model and there is no need for exotic explanations (e.g., Chernin et al. 2001).
Constrained Simulations of the Real Universe: the Local Supercluster
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