- a diamond or diamonds.
- protection money paid to the police by the operator of an illicit business.
- a fee that a ticket broker pays to a theater manager in order to receive a favorable allotment of tickets.
verb (used with object), iced, ic·ing.
- to settle or seal; make sure of, as by signing a contract: We'll ice the deal tomorrow.
- to make (a business arrangement) more attractive by adding features or benefits: The star pitcher wouldn't sign his new contract until the team iced it with a big bonus.
- to kill, especially to murder: The mobsters threatened to ice him if he went to the police.
verb (used without object), iced, ic·ing.
Idioms for ice
- to succeed initially; make a beginning.
- to overcome reserve, awkwardness, or formality within a group, as in introducing persons: The chairman broke the ice with his warm and very amusing remarks.
- with a good chance of success or realization: Now that the contract is on ice we can begin operating again.
- out of activity, as in confinement or imprisonment.
- in a state of abeyance or readiness: Let's put that topic on ice for the moment.
Origin of ice
OTHER WORDS FROM iceice·less, adjectiveice·like, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for break the ice (1 of 2)
- to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
- to be the first of a group to do something
- to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
- to select which players will play in a game
Derived forms of iceiceless, adjectiveicelike, adjective
Word Origin for ice
British Dictionary definitions for break the ice (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in Britain)
Science definitions for break the ice
Culture definitions for break the ice
To remove the tension at a first meeting, at the opening of a party, etc.: “That joke really broke the ice at the conference; we all relaxed afterward.”
Idioms and Phrases with break the ice (1 of 2)
Make a start, pave the way, as in Newton's theories broke the ice for modern physics. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass. [Early 1600s] Also see break ground.
Relax a tense or very formal situation, as in Someone at the conference table will have to break the ice. [Early 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with break the ice (2 of 2)
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.