take a cold shower
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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ɔː nˈiːd ɐ kˈəʊld ʃˈaʊə/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ɔːɹ nˈiːd ɐ kˈoʊld ʃˈaʊɚ/
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used to advise someone to calm down and regain control after experiencing sexual excitement

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[take|need] a cold shower definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take a cold shower" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "take a cold shower" is not specifically known, it is believed to have emerged as a colloquial expression in the early to mid-20th century, reflecting the notion of using a physically cold shower to reduce or suppress heightened sexual arousal. The phrase gained popularity as a humorous and lighthearted way to suggest that someone should find a way to control or redirect their sexual desires.

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He prefers to take a cold shower in the morning to wake up quickly.
After watching that steamy movie scene, John felt the need to take a cold shower to cool down.
The sight of the attractive lifeguard on the beach was enough to make Tom feel like he needed a cold shower to calm his racing heart.
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