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.
- (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 978-0-7407-1903-5, 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 978-0-295-98878-8, 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 978-0-313-35554-7, page 60:
- He [Jacques Parizeau] told the press: "We're not saying never, but that project is on ice for quite a while" […].
- Of an entertainment normally performed on a stage: performed by ice skaters as an ice show.
We went to see Cinderella on ice.
2017 December 17, Meg Swertlow, “Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé and More Stars Step Out with Their Kids for Disney on Ice”, in E! Online, archived from the original on 18 December 2017:
- Celebs flocked to the House of Mouse on ice this weekend! Many celeb parents including Christina Aguilera, Armie Hammer, Mila Kunis, Jordana Brewster, Vanessa Lachey and more brought their kids and slid on over to the Staples Center in Los Angeles over the weekend to attend Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart at Staples Center.
- 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 978-0-8135-3231-8, 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 978-0-7864-2050-6, page 33:
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see on, ice.
performed by ice skaters as an ice show
in a state of assured victory
- “on ice” at OneLook Dictionary Search