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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Showing the cold shoulder. Receiving without cordiality some one who was once on better terms with you. (See COLD.)   1
   The government shall be upon his shoulders (Isaiah ix. 6). The allusion is to the key slung on the shoulder of Jewish stewards on public occasions, and as a key is emblematic of government and power, the metaphor is very striking.   2
   Straight from the shoulder. With full force. A boxing term.   3
        “He was letting them have it straight from the shoulder.”—T. Tyrell: Lady Delmar, chap. v.

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