Cold shoulder – to give someone the

Cold shoulder – to give someone the

One of the rules of chivalry dictated that no knight could refuse another hospitality and stabling facilities for as long as he required them. Now, this was all well and good provided that the visitor played fair and did not take advantage, but, then as now, there were always those who just couldn’t tell when the party was over. The broadest possible hint that the reluctant host could drop, short of attacking the parasite, was to present him with cold shoulder of mutton for a meal one night – food normally reserved for servants and the like.