on ice

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See also: onice and ónice



Prepositional phrase[edit]

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 finally 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're 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. (of a sporting or other contest) In a state of assured victory for the leading contestant.
    • 2003, Amy Schapiro, Millicent Fenwick: Her Way - Page 143:
      Bohen later reflected that "when she [Fenwick] came out against the pardon as strongly as she did, I think that put the election on ice.
    • 2005, Bill Ranier, ‎David Finoli, When the Bucs Won It All: The 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates:
      With 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 o› the beleaguered pitcher.
  4. Used other than as an idiom: see on,‎ ice.
    • 1899, Moritz Loth, On a Higher Plane, page 21:
      Going to the wine cellar, she said: "I will put three bottles of Tokay wine on ice. []


External links[edit]

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