on ice

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See also: onice and ónice

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on ice

  1. (of an entertainment normally performed on the stage) performed by ice skaters as an ice show
    We went to see Cinderella on ice.
  2. (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, Hockey Stories On and Off the Ice, p. 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 fmally restrained and sedated. Needless to say, that act was put on ice.
    • 2010, Bruce Elliott Johansen, Native Americans Today: A Biographical Dictionary, p. 60:
      He told the press: “We've not saying never, but that project is on ice for quite a while” (“Quebec Will Shelve,” 1994, 7).
    • 2015, Lynda V. Mapes, Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village, p. 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.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see on,‎ ice.

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