to leave someone out in the cold

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - leave someone out in the cold

"to leave someone out in the cold"

to shun someone;

to exclude someone from a place or activity


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - leave someone out in the cold

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The entire enterprise team is meeting in the conference room. What are you doing out here?

Colleague 2: I was not invited. After that huge mistake I made last week, no one will even talk to me.

Colleague 1: One mistake and they leave you out in the cold?

Colleague 2: What can I do about it?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - leave someone out in the cold

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: So, what did government social services say?

Friend 2: They said that there weren't any social programs for an individual with my particular set of life challenges.

Friend 1: So the government just leaves you out in the cold?

Friend 2: As far as the government is concerned, yes. But I will keep looking for a program that can help me.

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to leave someone out in the cold - Gerund Form:

Leaving your best friend out in the cold when something important is happening in your life is not a good idea.

to leave someone out in the cold - Examples:

1)  Unreliable statistics leave many out in the cold. A lack of reliable data on mental illness and homelessness means ...

2)  To not leave you out in the cold, I've created a tarball for you with the latest DEB and RPM packages.

3)  In these tough times, the government simply can't leave families out in the cold. It's time to focus on job creation, and on helping families make ...

4)  There must be answers that don't leave people out in the cold. I don't know these answers, I'm not an economist. 

5)  ... that if you ignore this area of your business will leave you out in the cold in years to come or wondering why your business channels reduced.

6)  ... by us to take care of us, not to leave us out in the cold to fend for ourselves.

7)  ... the company through thick and thin. It can not leave me out in the cold now, when I need support.

8)  ... as these kids get older, so what do you do, leave them out in the cold or give them an avenue where they can show their capabilties?

9)  I appealed to some of our lawyers to leave the criminals out in the cold, because, if they know that no one will defend them, they would ...

10)  So where does this leave agnostics? Out in the cold actually. There just isn't anywhere for agnostics to fit in the belief spectrum.

11)  Failing to expand Medicaid would leave 400,000 Louisianans out in the cold.

12)  ... to someone who has the power to implement it and leave you out in the cold, I think you should be somewhat concerned.

13)  ... big companies can take advantage of, but they leave little guys out in the cold. We need rules that are written with small businesses in mind.

14)  Just let us know. Don't leave us out in the cold about it. 

15)  We don't want to leave them out in the cold. It's been focused on making that experience even more convenient for them.

16)  ... couldn't meet their conditions, the contract is void, leaving the farmer out in the cold.

17)  ... the head hunters discriminate in favour of officers, leaving non-commissioned members out in the cold

18)  How can we make sure we invite everybody in, leaving nobody out in the cold?

19)  Intel's strict ultrabook guidelines, meanwhile, are leaving some PCs out in the cold, prompting the even more confusing "ultrathin" designation.

20)  ... and the majority do not run past midnight: leaving you out in the cold if you spend a bit too long out shopping of an evening.