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rotten ice

noun, Nautical.
ice pitted or honeycombed from melting.
Origin of rotten ice
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You might as well climb an eighty-degree, fifty-foot wall of rotten ice.

  • Beneath our feet it swayed and leaped like rotten ice on the magic Serpentine.

    HE Andrew Lang
  • Jean halted when they stood upon the rotten ice of the creek.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • It's like skating on rotten ice so fast that it never breaks.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • This knocked them out of their course, and upset them into the rotten ice of the brook.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • Blair had reached the river and, despite its rotten ice, had tried to cross.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • "You took big risks when you came across that rotten ice," he went on.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They could hear him sputter and see him splash helpless in the pool of dark water and broken bits of rotten ice.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Bits of rotten ice occasionally swirled down the diminishing stream.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White

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