- cold as ice: Her feet were ice-cold.
- without warmth of feeling or manner; unemotional; passionless: an ice-cold reception.
Origin of ice-cold
before 1000; Old English is-calde; unrecorded in Middle English
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1. icelike, freezing, icy, frozen.
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Examples from the Web for ice-cold
The water was ice-cold, but neither of them paid any attention to it.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)
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His feet and hands were ice-cold, and he swayed from side to side, feeling for his strength."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
It was as though I had stuck my head under a pump of ice-cold water.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
He was back in no time, a quart of ice-cold milk in either hand.The Rich Little Poor Boy
Her head was on fire, her eyes smarted, and her skin was ice-cold.Madame Bovary
Word Origin and History for ice-cold
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