cold comfort


cold comfort
noun
very limited consolation or empathy
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he told me that time heals all wounds but that was cold comfort to me

Hypernyms: ↑consolation, ↑solace, ↑solacement

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noun
: scant consolation : quite limited sympathy or encouragement

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slight or negligible comfort; scarce consolation.
[1565-75]

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cold comfort see under ↑comfort
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Main Entry:cold
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cold comfort
Little, if any, comfort
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Main Entry:comfort

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cold comfort UK US noun [uncountable]
something that makes a difficult situation slightly better but not much better
Thesaurus: improvement and improvementssynonym

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cold comfort,
small comfort; something that gives very little encouragement, cheer, or consolation.

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poor or inadequate consolation

another drop in the inflation rate was cold comfort for the 2.74 million jobless

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noun [noncount]
: something that is good for a situation but does not make someone happy because the whole situation is still bad

The good news about the economy is cold comfort to people who have lost their jobs.

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ˌcold ˈcomfort [cold comfort] noun uncountable
the fact that sth that would normally be good does not make you happy because the whole situation is bad

A small drop in the inflation rate was cold comfort for the millions without a job.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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