Is there any expression or phrase to mean:

Not showing any reaction to one's insults,noises,accuses,provocative actions,comments and silly behaviors on purpose and make him/her mad.

We have some expressions in Persian to describe this reaction but I couldn't find in English dictionaries unless ignoring or neglecting which are too general.


We call this "giving someone the silent treatment". When you purposefully ignore someone, no matter what they do, to simply make them angry with you, it's called "the silent treatment".

Person 1: What's up with Mark and Amy? He keeps trying to get her attention but she won't say a word.

Person 2: He forgot her birthday so she's giving him the silent treatment.

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    There's also "giving someone the cold shoulder" or "snub". – user264 May 13 '13 at 0:40
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    @kiamlaluno: Only a partial answer that can be added to Wendi's. I didn't think of hers & she didn't think of mine, but she answered first, so........ I don't like to give a competing answer unless I think the other(s) is(are) wrong or seriously inadequate. – user264 May 13 '13 at 12:27
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    @BillFranke: Although WendiKidd's answer is fantastic, I think your should either edit her answer to include your suggestion, or should write it in your own answer. There's nothing wrong with having lots of answers to a question when the different answers are valid. Don't think of it as "competing". Think about it being an "additional answer to the question". – Matt May 13 '13 at 13:09
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    @BillFranke The reason I suggested to add an answer is that you are suggesting a single word and a phrase; none of those were suggested in this answer. The fact you are suggesting a verb with the requested meaning makes the answer quite important not to be left as comment. – kiamlaluno May 13 '13 at 14:01
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    @kiamlaluno: Thank you for this explanation. I didn't think of the single word aspect, but that always does come up, doesn't it? Good call. – user264 May 13 '13 at 14:23

In addition to Wendi Kidd's answer of "giving someone the silent treatment", there's also "giving someone the cold shoulder" or "snubbing someone".

  • +1, these are great expressions that didn't come to mind when I wrote my answer :) – WendiKidd May 13 '13 at 21:55

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