on ice

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See also: onice and ónice



Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy skating in the ice show Art on Ice in 2014 (see sense 2)

Sense 1 (“not being used; temporarily unavailable or suspended”) probably refers to the practice of putting food that is not to be eaten immediately on ice to preserve it.


Prepositional phrase[edit]

on ice

  1. (idiomatic) Not being used; temporarily unavailable or suspended; on hold.
    We're putting the new software features on ice until we can fix the existing bugs.
    • 2001, Dan Diamond; James Duplacey; Eric Zweig, “The Bus Leagues—Life in the Minors”, in Hockey Stories On and Off the Ice, Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel Publishing, ↑ISBN, page 104:
      Shortly after taking to the ice, the bear broke loose from its leash and went barreling, spinning, slipping, and sliding all around the rink before he was finally restrained and sedated. Needless to say, that act was put on ice.
    • 2009, Lynda V. Mapes, “This Ground Speaks”, in Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village, Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, ↑ISBN, page 139:
      The agency's dry dock project was on ice. Begun as a routine construction job, the project was now also an archaeological site and, ominously, a resting place for an unknown number of human remains.
    • 2010, “Coon Come, Matthew”, in Bruce E[lliott] Johansen, editor, Native Americans Today: A Biographical Dictionary, Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, ABC-CLIO, ↑ISBN, page 60:
      He [Jacques Parizeau] told the press: "We're not saying never, but that project is on ice for quite a while" [].
  2. Of an entertainment normally performed on a stage: performed by ice skaters as an ice show.
    We went to see Cinderella on ice.
  3. Of a sporting or other contest: in a state of assured victory for the leading contestant.
    • 2003, Amy Schapiro, “A Geriatric Triumph”, in Millicent Fenwick: Her Way, New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, ↑ISBN, page 143:
      [Frederick] Bohen later reflected that "when she [[Millicent] Fenwick] came out against the pardon as strongly as she did, I think that put the election on ice.
    • 2005, Bill Ranier; David Finoli, “The Regular Season”, in When the Bucs Won It All: The 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, ↑ISBN, page 33:
      With [Tug] McGraw on the mound against a left-handed batter, this time Ed Ott, and the bases again loaded, Ott put the game on ice by belting another grand slam off the beleaguered pitcher.
  4. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see on,‎ ice.
    • 1899, Moritz Loth, chapter II, in On a Higher Plane, Cincinnati, Oh.: The Monitor Company, OCLC 37147988, page 21:
      Going to the wine cellar, she said: "I will put three bottles of Tokay wine on ice. []"


Further reading[edit]

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