Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cold adj.

[all uses, positive or negative, stem from the unadorned ‘iciness’ of SE cold]

1. simple, unadorned.

[US]N.Y. Weekly Trib. 17 Mar. 1/1: The Delta of the 24th ult. has, among the cold facts and speculations of its Money Articles, the following statement [DA].
[US]R. Bolwell ‘College Sl. Words And Phrases’ in DN IV:iii 232: cold, adj. Plain; clear; certain. ‘That’s cold enough.’.
[US]E. Hemingway letter 10 Jan. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 44: Levine is an excellent fellow and gave us the cold dope on Rooshia.
[US]R. Chandler Little Sister 145: All the neurotic types that can’t take it [i.e. life] cold.
[US]L. Bruce How to Talk Dirty 123: If anyone [...] believes that God made his body, and your body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer. It’s that cold, Jim, yeah.
[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 239: It was going to cost me another $5000 to ensure that the two statements made by the eyewitnesses would vanish. I thought this was a cold stamp [a deceitful attempt to extort money] and I told [the policeman] so.

2. unconscious.

[US] W.T. Porter Quarter Race in Kentucky 45: He picked up an ole axe helve an gin me a wipe aside the hed that laid me cole fur a while I tell you .
[US]Chicago Daily News 1 May 7/1: The ball [...] laid him out cold for a minute [DA].
[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 254: A man passed out cold.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 53: Cold. – [...] unconscious.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 46/1: Cold. [...] 2. Unconscious.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 101: I started to black out from a kick in the head [...] I went out cold.
[UK]F. Norman Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 210: Poor Lionel keeled over like a felled tree and lay where he landed, out cold.
[Aus]Penguin Book of All-New Aus. Jokes 208: [She] has been hit by a ball and is out cold on the fairway.

3. (US campus) perfect, complete.

[US]O.E. Wood West Point Scrap-Book 339: To make a cold max — To make a perfect recitation.
[US] ‘West Point Sl.’ in Howitzer (US Milit. Academy) 292–5: Cold Max – Perfect; all that can be desired [...] Cold Fess – Dismal failure.
[US]H. Brackbill ‘Midshipman Jargon’ in AS III:6 454: Queen — A femme who rates a cold 4.0 and is a perfect 34.
[US]O. Strange Law O’ The Lariat 90: It’s cold commonsense, that’s all.
[US]G. Scott-Heron Vulture (1996) 14: Aunt Agnes [...] she’s a cold pain in the ass.

4. sexually unresponsive.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) IV 657: After her spend she got cold again, the dinner heated her, and when I had cooled her cunt, she was cold to me.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 8: She thinks the shortest way, after all, will be to let him have his way, and so grudgingly allows her cold cunt to be uncovered, unwillingly opens her ungracious thighs, and lies a passionless log, insensible to her husband’s endeavours to strike a spark of pleasure from her icy charms.
[US] ‘Old Man’s Lament’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 238: When I was young and in my prime / I could get a hard on any old time; / Now I’m old and my balls are cold, / And I can’t get a hard on to save my soul.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 130: Maybe it’ll warm up your cold, cold ass.
[US]J. Wambaugh Finnegan’s Week 271: That bitch could douche with battery acid and never feel it. Cold. She’s cold, man.

5. (orig. US, also cold-ass) heartless, ruthless, cruel.

[US]Sun (NY) 21 May 28/1: ‘How’s New Erleans fer eatin’s an’ drinkin’s?’ ‘Dead cold. Dey’ve got a tough lot o’ cops’.
[US]R. Whitfield ‘Murder in the Ring’ in Black Mask Stories (2010) 363/2: They’re killers. And they’re cold. Youi’ve got to be the same way.
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 199: Drug dealing was a cold business.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 117: Man this is cold.
[US]‘Jennifer Blowdryer’ Modern English 59: cold (adj): Ruthless, cruel.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 50: It was another way for a guy to show [...] how cold and hard he was.
[US]J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 18: Suicide Watch also be for muthafuckas with capital crimes and shit, like cold-ass killers.
[US]F.X. Toole Pound for Pound 127: These fuckin doctors is cold.

6. dead.

[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 110: Oh, bejabbers! he’s been cold this twinty year.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in Red Wind (1946) 103: Landrey stopped lead. He’s cold.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 9: Down went old Frank, cold as the proverbial mackerel.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 795: cold – Dead or unconscious.
[US]J. Wambaugh Finnegan’s Week 253: His cold foot was in a hot shoe!
[UK]V. McDermid Out of Bounds (2017) 70: ‘My case isn’t cold yet’.

7. (US) of money, the actual sum, i.e. abbr. cold cash.

[US]A.H. Lewis Confessions of a Detective 80: It had cost you fifteen thousand in cold reluctant coin of the realm.
[US]K. McGaffey Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xvii: He came across with two hundred cold to keep her quiet.
[US]Van Loan ‘For the Pictures’ in Taking the Count 325: Our bit won’t be less than a hundred thousand, cold.
[US]J. Lait ‘Second from the End’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 196: I said that I had grounds for all kinds of divorces and didn’t have to take a reasonable settlement. I wanted a million — cold.
[US]C. Coe Hooch! 283: Cold cash that I can take right in my hand and count.
[US]B. Traven Death Ship 37: Your story is worth in the neighborhood of five grand cold cash.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 49: The $50,000 in cold cash laid down by the bettor.
[US]G.H. Bean Yankee Auctioneer 92: She had been the owner of several thousand dollars in cold cash.
[US]N. Algren Chicago: City On the Make 27: He’d paid fifty cents in cold cash for every vote he’d bought.
[US]D. Goines Inner City Hoodlum 34: Give you, say, five hundred cold cash.
[US] Ice-T ‘Six in the Morning’ [lyrics] Opened his safe kicked me down with cold cash.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 3: They greased him. They fed him six [i.e. $6000] cold.
[US](con. 1960s) J. Ellroy Blood’s a Rover 20: I plan to raid my father’s cash reserve and get you another five million cold.

8. (gambling) unlucky, unfavourable.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Nov. 12/3: The parsonical fraud depends almost invariably on his physical attractions and on the fatherly pawing of rich women. He paws by virtue of his office, and when a tall, handsome man has pawed, say, 200 woman, it is indeed cold if he doesn’t come across one who will listen to his very unconvincing tale about Isis and Osiris and Mooc.
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Can Search Me 104: Why, I wouldn’t give you guys a cold deal not for Morgan’s bank roll.
[US]N. West ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’ in Coll. Works (1975) 248–9: So even if the cards are cold and marked by the hand of fate, play up.
[US]N. Algren Neon Wilderness (1986) 65: ‘I’m cold’, he explained [...] meaning the dice didn’t yet feel right to his hand.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 18: How about that for cold luck?
[UK]Indep. 24 July 3: Peru’s hot, Turkey’s cold as fashion for holidays grows ever more fickle.

9. (US) of a cheque, fraudulent, worthless.

[US]Cleveland Press 2 Feb. n.p.: John Horan, wanted in connection with a ‘cold’ check passed three weeks ago [DA].
[US]Federal Writers Project These Are Our Lives 304: Lots of cold checks is passed and we have to run them down [DA].

10. (US black/teen) unpleasant, difficult, unnecessary.

[US]O. Strange Sudden 9: ’Pears to me Parsons may’ve picked the wrong man – that boy looks a plenty cold proposition.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Duke 140: That was cold news.
[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 49: Judge, that ain’t so cold.
[US]Hall & Adelman Gentleman of Leisure 41: Iceberg Slim was an oldtime pimp – vulgar. He was cold on his bitches’ ass.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 79: I didn’t say nothin’ cold.
[US](con. c.1970) G. Hasford Phantom Blooper 25: One day, by and by, you will see the revolt of the Uncle Tom white people. That’s some cold shit, man.
[UK]C. Newland Scholar 96: ‘Dat’s cold man,’ he said slowly, and quickly changed the subject.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 36: That’s cold [...] Such bitterness ain’t real attractive.

11. (US tramp) of a safe, wallet, or other target of a crime, empty, worthless, unrewarding.

[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 53: Cold One. – An empty wallet, money-box or safe.

12. free of suspicion, innocent; of a gun, unlicensed, thus untraceable.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 46/1: Cold. [...] 3. Characterized by little police activity or law enforcement.
[US]M. Puzo Godfather 136: I want you to get him a really ‘safe’ gun out of your collection, the ‘coldest’ one you got.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 34: I’m as cold as a nun’s cunt.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 241: A seven-hundred-fifty-dollar payoff to an old informant [...] had got me a cold Iver-Johnson .38 revolver.

13. (US black/teen) on bad = good model, excellent, first-rate, superb.

[US]R. Blount About Three Bricks Shy of a Load 214: ‘Cold-blooded,’ or ‘cold,’ was a term of radical approval among the players, as in ‘this cheese is cold-blooded,’ or ‘“Twilight Zone” is cold’.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 30: Old folks has the coldest stroll in town.
[US] Ice-T ‘I’m Your Pusher’ [lyrics] ice coolin’ yo colder than ever.
[US]Source Nov. 25: Snoop is a cold mutha.
[US]W. Shaw Westsiders 77: ‘I killed six niggas last week.’ ‘Oh he cold. He down’.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 38: If you’d asked any Negro in Harlem, Who’s the coldest saxophone player around? [...] ‘Sugar Lips Shinehot,’ they’da said.
67 ‘Low But Bait’ [lyrics] My niggas said i'm cold on the beats / My niggas said i'm cold on the hooks.

14. (US black) confrontational, provocative, conducive to violence.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 94: Sometimes the game turns sour – the boast has provoked anger rather than laughter, the capping session has become too ‘cold’.

In compounds

cold-ass (adj.)

see sense 12 above.

cold poke (n.) [poke n.2 (2)]

(US Und.) a wallet without any money in it; thus a confidence game based on such an empty wallet.

[US] ‘Und. and Its Vernacular’ in Clues mag. 158–62: cold poke. Empty or worthless pocketbook.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 292: The cold poke. A mock-con game played on gun-molls for a joke. A young grifter points out an old grifter as a wealthy old gentleman, and connives with the girl to steal his wallet. Meanwhile the old man has substituted for his full wallet one filled with paper and often garnished with ribald verses. Just as the girl slips out of the night club with the wallet, the old man ‘beefs gun’ and a hue and cry is raised.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 54: cold poke A wallet with no money in it.
cold shot (n.) [senses 12/14 above + shot n.1 (5c)] (US black)

1. unnecessary and aggressive behaviour.

[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 233: cold shot Uncalled for or belligerent behavior.

2. cruel, emotionless behaviour.

[US]E. Gilbert Vice Trap 75: She used to be ass deep in codein and bennies every time she came back from his giving her [...] a cold shot.

3. an unpleasant surprise.

[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 87: ‘This is a cold shot,’ he told Bear, and Bear shook his head gloomily.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 57: That sho’ musta been a cold shot for her t’ find her T.V. gone.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 160: Harry and Tyrone were hit with a cold shot [...] Brody couldn’t score any uncut weight.

In phrases

cold as a maggot (adj.)

a phr. suggesting someone is innocent of a police charge.

[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiii 4/4: cold as a maggot: An expression used when describing how innocent one is of police charges.
[Aus]R. Aven-Bray Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 23: Cold as a Maggot Innocent of police charge.
cold in hand [gambling jargon, to be cold is to have poor cards, unlucky dice etc; however, in poker jargon a cold deck for an honest player is a good hand, requiring no change of cards, while for a sharp it is one that has been stacked, guaranteeing a win for the cheat]

(US black) without money, penniless.

[US]B. Smith [song title] Cold in Hand Blues.
[US]Lucille Bogan ‘Drinking Blues’ [lyrics] Don’t a woman look real funny, when she wakes up cold in hand, / and the broad ain’t got a dollar to give the house-rent man.
[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 1002: ‘Cold in hand, hunh?’ He talked down to Jelly.
[US]Ebony 149/3: The mournful plight of a man gone cold in hand.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
not so cold

(US) rather good.

[US]Ade Pink Marsh (1963) 165: Gawge Dixon’s [a] puhty warm boy, an’ ’at Miasteh Joe Woolcott ain’t so cold.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

cold-blooded (adj.)

(US) honest, open, candid.

[US] ‘Answer to the Letter’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 145: You couldn’t pull a fast one on a cold-blooded lame.
Cold Country (n.) [apparently a Bulletin nonce-creation]

(Aus.) Great Britain.

[Aus] Bulletin (Sydney) 24 May 15/3: He could tell on sight whether any man he met came from Queensland, N.S. Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, or the Cold Country.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 July 10/4: King John tried it in the Cold Country several centuries ago.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 May 15/8: The Cold Country clinahs, who are wofully ignorant of Australian affairs.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Jan. 19/4: In the Cold Country a bird is hung by the tail-feathers until it drops.
cold cream (n.) [play on SE]

gin.

Punch Almanack 63: Cold Cream Internally. Cold cream is an excellent remedy for hot coppers. It is much resorted to by young ladies during the London season.
cold cunt (v.) [cunt n. (1); pun on SE colloq. cold-shoulder]

(lesbian) to ignore, to brush off.

[US]Maledicta VI:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 134: Trying to investigate lesbian lingo, I have encountered some politically motivated hostility; even my female helpers if detected as not sympatica have been cold-cunted and brushed off.
cold-deck

see separate entries.

cold-eye

see separate entries.

cold-finger man (n.)

a pickpocket, esp. one who steals from coatrooms and cloakrooms.

[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 151: He was [...] a cold-finger man and gamer who had done a stretch for hitting the coatroom at the Shoreham during a high-society wedding reception in ’46. Buchner had been going through unattended coats and purses for fifteen years before he was caught.
cold fish (n.) (also cold-blooded fish) [fish n.1 (4)]

an unemotional person; also as v., to be sexually unresponsive.

[US]Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) 27 Oct. 3/1: In short, he is the professional type. Or, in other language, he is a cold fish.
[[US]M. Levin Reporter 249: ‘Denies it cold as a fish,’ phoned the reporter].
[UK]B. Lubbock Bully Hayes 169: He was a cold-blooded fish and no mistake!
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 259: Margaret [...] anxiously thinking to herself how she might worm something out of this cold fish.
[US]R. Chandler High Window 136: ‘You’re a callous brute,’ she said. ‘You’re a cold-blooded fish. I don’t like you. I deeply regret ever having met you’.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Loving (1978) 169: My God that man’s a cold fish.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 331: He’s like a cold fish, and there’s just no life in him.
[US]J. Thompson Alcoholics (1993) 38: They struck him as being pretty cold fish.
[Aus]P. White Solid Mandala (1976) 124: You’re the coldest fish I’ll ever hope to meet.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 134: I came to fuck, kiddo. No bitch cold-fishes on Dave Hill!
[US]R. De Christoforo Grease 96: She’s a cold fish.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 91: cold fish. An unemotional, unresponsive, unfriendly person.
[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2 94: She’s a sort of cold fish.
cold footer (n.) (also cold-foot)

1. (mainly Aus.) a timid, nervous person (usu. in context of military service); thus cold-footed, timid, cowardly.

Adelaide Advertiser 12 Sept. 11/1: The proportion of men who go away after one week’s training [...] is diminishing, and that the ‘fed-ups’ and ‘cold-footers’ are a disappearing quantity.
Senate Docs vol. 5888 529: Several men were joking one another about how cold footed and scared they were to go downstairs and [...] that the first sergeant couldn't get them out in line.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 42: Come on an’ kick in, you cold-feets. Get together.
[Aus]C.E.W. Bean Anzac Book 102/1: [H]e was generally considered [...] to be a ‘cold-foot,’ and his nickname was appropriately ‘Icy.’ [...] [W]henever ‘Beachy Bill’ came screeching overhead he would involuntarily duck. [Ibid.] 108/1: If Jessie could see me now, would she turn me down for some cold-footed, well-groomed fellow? I don’t think. She’s all right, and would understand it’s no gipsy tea we’re at.
[Aus]W. Gippsland Gaz. (Vic.) 14 Dec. 3/5: Before he has done answering questions as to why he should not be sent to the war, the ‘cold-footer’ will have a headache.
[Aus]Register (Adelaide) 18 Jan. 6/5: Later on a storm of boo-hooing and apoplajuse greeted an interjection of, ‘Why are you not at the front?’ Mr Anstey — I’ll tell you why. A Voice— You cold footer.
[US] in J.M. Hunter Trail Drivers of Texas (1963) I 473: Two of my men stayed with me, and the third, a ‘cold-footer,’ crossed on the bridge.
[Aus]Advertiser (Adelaide) 1 Sept. 17/3: I wish to state that I am a single man and that I served in the last war [...] I am not a ‘cold-footer’.
[Aus]Western Mail (Perth) 1 Sept. 2/1: The Cold-Footer [...] Thin, narrow-chested and round-shouldered George had about as much sex appeal as a cucumber.
[Aus]Courier-Mail (Brisbane) 27 Oct. 2/3: To label a man a ‘cold-footer’ for doing what he was instructed to do was unjust.
F.J. Hardy Power without Glory 255: ‘You be quiet, you cold-footer,’ an old !ady remarked patriotically.
D. Beaty Strange Encounters 86: 'Do you [...] think there is any likelihood of a pilot in very adverse conditions taking off in spite of them, on the belief that if he didn't, he might be regarded as a ‘cold-footer’?

2. in attrib. use of sense 1.

Registrar (Adelaide) 29 Sept. 7/9: I hope this goes to one of the brave boys in France, and not the cold-footer waster in Egypt.
cold four (n.) [SE four-ale, beer sold at fourpence a quart]

the cheapest variety of beer.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 84/2: Cold Four (Public-house). One of the more opprobrious terms for the cheapest description of beer. The cold does not refer to the low temperature of four-ale, or four ’arf-an-’arf, but to its fatal want of warmthful generosity.
cold gold (n.) [advertising slogan for Toohey’s KB lager: ‘Shake hands with a cold gold’]

(Aus.) a can of beer.

[[Aus]Canberra Times (ACT) 5 May 16/4: With his large can of Tooth’s Cold Gold KB].
[Aus]Sun-Herald (Sydney) 5 Dec. 87: Typical was one mother’s reaction as ‘cold gold’ in hand, she fiercely instructed her freckle-faced little monster to ‘keep jumping up and down in front, so that nanna will see you on the telly’ [GAW4].
[Aus]Bulletin 14 May 32: They’d empty the joint quick as the first cold gold at the butcher’s picnic.
cold iron (n.)

a sword.

[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 557: I will prove it to your brazen faces [...] I mean this trusty piece of cold iron by my side. With this he lugged it out and flourished with it.
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Cold Iron, a Sword or any other Weapon see Hudibrass, I put two Inches of Cold Iron into his Beef.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Cold Iron. A sword, or any other weapon for cutting or stabbing. I gave him two inches of cold iron into his beef.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
cold meat (n.)

see separate entry.

cold muffin (n.)

anything mediocre, second-rate.

[UK] ‘’Arry at the Play’ in Punch 2 Nov. in P. Marks (2006) 39: I though the theayter cold muffin.
cold one (n.)

see separate entries.

cold pie (n.)

1. (Aus.) an easy victim.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Mar. 24/2: Saw [...] Jack Tuckwell shape [...] on Saturday night, and am satisfied that, given anything like good condition, the nigger would be cold-pie for the white.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Apr. 24/1: Patterson proved cold pie for the bantam premier in the next term, and was sent sleeping by a clinking right on the point.

2. see choking pie n.

cold pig (n.) [cf. naut. jargon cold norwester, a bucket of seawater poured over a new recruit as an initiation ceremony]

1. a punishment or joke in which the bedclothes are stripped off a sleeper or cold water is poured over them; usu. in phr. give cold pig.

[UK]Gent’s Mag. Sept. 400/1: One Nap, dear Girls is all I beg. / — A Nap! Su, give him some cold Pig. / Come, come, says John, don’t play the fool.
Rambler’s Mag. Jan. 36/1: For law, and for ev’ry queer rig, / I care not, believe me, a pin; / No more than I do for cold pig, / So give me a glass of good Gin.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Cold Pig To give Cold pig is a punishment inflicted on Sluggards who lye too long in bed; it consists in pulling off all the bed Cloaths from them, & exposing them naked to the cold.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Cold pig; a jocular punishment inflicted by the maid servants, or other females of the house, on persons lying over long in bed: it consists in pulling off all the bed clothes, and leaving them to pig or lie in the cold.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].
[UK]J.R. Planché Amoroso, King of Little Britain 6: As sure as fate and quarter day, cold pig will be your fare.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Navy at Home I 91: Nor were his slumbers unbroken by the horrid visions of wet swabs, cuttings down, cold pig, and capsizes.
[UK]Navy at Home I 119: Hardly a week passed without some deadly complaint of being cut down — or a cold bath — familiarly denominated cold pig.
[UK]R. Nicholson Cockney Adventures 20 Jan. 94: ‘Give ’em some cold pig,’ said a laughing lad.
[UK]Thackeray Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche in Works III (1898) 421: What was it that made me spring outabed as if sumbady had given me cold pig?
[UK]Northampton Mercury 26 July 2/3: Her mistress had [...] found her in bed rather late, and had given her what schoolboys call ‘cold pig’.
[UK]W. Bradwood O.V.H. (1877) 413: Then he came back rosy and hungry, and revenged himself by an administration of cold pig to the still slumbering Ralph.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Little Mr. Bouncer 88: If you don’t get up at once, I shall give you cold pig.
[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 7 Nov. 4/2: The Bishop thought he caught the words ‘Cold Pig;’ then more giggling [...] In an instant the pillow, the bedclothes and the Bishop were drenched with cold water.

2. (US Und.) one who has been robbed of their clothes.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).
cold pigging (n.) [? tailors’ j. cold pig: a suit that has been ordered but not paid for or collected; such garments, possibly after alteration, would be sold off at a reduced price]

(Aus./N.Z.) hawking goods from door to door.

[[Aus]Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) 31 Mar. 1/1: [advert] COLD PIG [...] is a conventional term, used by the rag trade in England to denote parcels of goods cast unexpectedly on the makers’ hands, and there was enough ‘Cold Pig’ in the shape of flannelettes there and then present to satisfy the veriest glutton at the business].
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 50: cold pigging Selling goods door-to-door.
cold potato (n.)

see separate entry.

cold prowl (n.)

(US Und.) breaking into a house while its owners are absent.

[US] ‘Und. and Its Vernacular’ in Clues mag. 158–62: cold prowl. Ransacking a house while the occupants are away.
cold pudding (n.)

anything considered worthless, second-rate.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Cold Pudding. This is said to settle ones Love.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1786].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 12/2: But the Standard considers that the ‘whole entertainment seems to gratify those to whom it appeals’ – which is, on the whole, ‘cold pudding.’.
cold quack (adv.) [punning var. on cold turkey adv. (3)]

(drugs) of withdrawal from heroin addiction, sudden and total without tapering off or using any assistance from medication.

[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles 97: ‘What they got you for?’ ‘Possession.’ ‘Stuff?’ ‘No, just pot.’ ... ‘That still do it. They got you cold quack?’ ‘Cold enough.’ .
cold snot (n.)

(Aus.) a disparaging ref. to an individual; inference is a lack of human warmth.

‘Ricki Francis’ Kings X Hooker 7: ‘She’s a fine woman,’ Martin interrupted. ‘She’s cold snot, boy, like her daughter’.
cold storage (n.)

see separate entries.

cold tea (n.) [the colour; note tea n.]

1. hard liquor, e.g. brandy, whisky.

[UK]Humble Remonstrance of the Batchelors in Harleian Misc. IV (1809) 505: Their sex has been so familiar with brandy (blasphemed by the name of cold tea).
[UK]New Canting Dict.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[US]McCook Wkly Trib. (NE) 5 June 8/2: The truly good men in the Senate concluded to abolish [...] the dispensing of ‘cold tea’ in the basement of the capitol. Frye declared that the whole capitol had become a veritable gin-mill.
[UK]Hartlepool Mail 19 Oct. 4/6: Don’t you know, my man, that when a gentleman orders ‘cold tea’ he means whiskey?
[UK] (ref. to 18C) C.J. Dunphie Chameleon 235: It is worthy of remark that cold tea was a slang name for Brandy in the 18th century [F&H].
Pittsburgh Dispatch (OK) 26 July 9/2: The colored waiter who takes your order will turn to the white man behind the bar and call out ‘one cold tea with selzer on the side’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 26 July 1/2: [heasdline] A Shypoo Shop. Sly-Grog and Cold Tea.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 7 Feb. 4/5: In that land of the sly-grog sellers [...] they were after a man who sold cold tea at half-a-sovereign a bottle.
[UK]Aberdeen Jrnl 9 July 6/2: ‘Name it,’ said the resident. ‘Whisky,’ replied the traveller. [...] ‘Not on your life,’ remarked the bar-tender. ‘Cold tea,’ said the resident. [...] The bar-tender [...] filled two glasses with an amber-coloured liquid.

2. (US) beer.

[US]Carr & Chase ‘Word-List From Eastern Maine’ in DN III:iii 242: cold tea, n. Beer.
cold turkey

see separate entries.

cold water (n.) (also cold tea) [their favourite drink + ? ref. to Salvation Army]

1. a generic term for teetotalism, abstinence; usu. attrib.; thus cold water army, the teetotal movement.

[US]Cong. Deb. 25 Feb. 584/1: It may be expedient to make our sailors cold water drinkers [=temperance men] [DA].
[US]Ypsilanti Sentinel (Wastenaw Co., MI) 10 Sept. 2/5: A rum-sucker declared tat he could beat any cold water fellow in jumping.
[US]W.E. Burton Waggeries and Vagaries 19: You oughter be the commodore of all them cold water clubs, and perpetual president of all temp’rance teetotallers.
[UK]Paul Pry (London) 15 Aug. n.p.: On Friday evening next [...] at the Temperance-hall, Fair-street, some of the worst specimens of cold water consumers ever seen in the metropolis.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 May 4/2: Mr. Marcus, who was elected head of the South Australian Good Templars in 1879, is now ‘boss’ of the Good Templars of N.S.W. [...] When the cafe-keepers saw the cold water King in the reporters’ box, the blood froze in their veins.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 3 Jan. 14/3: [headline] THE TEMPERANCE CROAKERS [...] [T]otal abstinence papers may shriek annually in cold water articles [etc].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 21/3: Among the present Queensland Ministry are two strict cold-water men.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Sept. 20/1: Teetotalism is having a bad time at N.S.W. bye-elections. Cold-tea candidates went under in Philip-division, Bathurst and Canturbury.
[Aus]W.A. Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Oct. 1/1: Cold-water Wade’s anxiety is more for their souls than for their poor, worn-out bodies.
[US]Springfield (MA) Weekly Republican 16 Aug. 1: Another [case in point] comes in the action of the prohibition state executive committee in Pennsylvania [...] The coldwater convention there nominated William H. Berry [DA].
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 4/6: The revered gentleman is back up by a coterie of cold-water caterwaulers.

2. a generic term for temperance campaigners.

[UK]Stamford Mercury 30 July 2/5: [You] who have dared to shiver a lance in the defence of Alcohol, have all been worsted in the conflict with the cold-water men.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Aug. 1/1: A Committee of Cold Tea tendencies analysed the culprit’s breath.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 10/2: Bung and Cold Tea have been fighting one another over every little point either of them could think of; and just when Cold Tea’s whiskers were uppermost, Bung, with his shoulders all but on the carpet, got in a useful twist which reversed the positions.

In phrases

cold as... (adj.)

see separate entry.

cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey (adj.)

see separate entry.

colder than... (adj.)

see separate entry.