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"cold-blooded" in British English

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cold-bloodedadjective

uk   /ˌkəʊldˈblʌd.ɪd/  us   /ˌkoʊldˈblʌd.ɪd/
Cold-blooded ​animals can only ​controltheirbodyheat by taking in ​heat from the ​outside or by being very ​active: Snakes and ​lizards are cold-blooded ​animals.
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behaving in a very ​cruel way with no ​sympathy for other ​people: a cold-blooded ​murder
(Definition of cold-blooded from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cold-blooded" in American English

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cold-bloodedadjective

 us   /ˈkoʊld ˈblʌd·ɪd/
  • cold-blooded adjective (VARYING TEMPERATURE)

having a ​bodytemperature that ​varies with the ​environment
  • cold-blooded adjective (LACKING SYMPATHY)

lacking the ​sympathy and ​kindness that all ​people should show
(Definition of cold-blooded from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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