go cold

Allegro molto

Senior Member

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)

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.