Cold comfort
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British pronunciation/kˈəʊld kˈʌmfət/
American pronunciation/kˈoʊld kˈʌmfɚt/
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sympathy, help, or encouragement that is barely enough to improve a person's situation or make them feel any better

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cold comfort definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "cold comfort" and when to use it?

The idiom "cold comfort" refers to a situation where something may provide a small amount of relief or consolation but ultimately fails to offer true comfort or solace. It describes a situation where the consolation or reassurance provided is insufficient to alleviate the distress or disappointment being experienced. It describes a situation where the consolation or reassurance provided is insufficient to alleviate the distress or disappointment being experienced.

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The apology from the airline for the flight delay was cold comfort to the weary passengers who had missed their connections.
Hearing that the stolen items had been recovered by the police was cold comfort to the burglary victims, who had already lost their sense of security.
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