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Allegro molto

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Hello

Before the Project lost its funding in 2009, founder Joseph Hoffman complained that the non-academic world suffered from "Jesus-fatigue - the sort of despair that can only be compared to a police investigation gone cold." That was "the result of a certain resignation to the unimportance of historical conclusions."
(from Much ado about nothing, the Boston Globe)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2011/11/15/much-ado-about-nothing/L9x6BxuK8QsckzNxIJRAlO/story.html

Does the 'gone cold' mean 'which misfired'?

Thank you
 
  • Cagey

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    I believe that when a case "goes cold", it has gone for a long time without being solved and there is no new information that might lead to a solution.

    See this related discussion: cold case.
     
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