- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about 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 iceiceless, adjectiveicelike, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does ICE mean?
Where does ICE come from?
ICE was created after the passage of the United States Homeland Security Act. The act, a congressional move made in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, spelled out the creation of a new federal agency, the Department of Homeland Security. Underneath the Homeland Security umbrella were a number of new agencies, including US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, which was formed in March 2003.
ICE agents are officially charged with immigration enforcement, investigating illegal movement of people and goods, and preventing terrorism. As part of that mission, ICE performs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the term the agency uses to describe its removal of individuals from the United States who have been ordered to be deported.
ICE is not the same as the United States Border Patrol (USBP), but the two agencies do work together.
How is ICE used in real life?
During #PoliceWeek, ICE joins our law enforcement partners throughout the country to honor and pay tribute to our officers and agents who have made the ultimate sacrifice to make our nation and all her citizens safer and more secure. #PoliceWeek2020 pic.twitter.com/7zRDLB8lwq
— ICE (@ICEgov) May 16, 2020
In the 2010–20s, the role of ICE in enforcing U.S. immigration policy has often been a source of dispute. For example, there have been calls to abolish ICE after the Trump administration was seen to deploy the agency aggressively to detain or deport migrants.
This is unimaginably cruel. And yet a person in @DHSgov thought this up, and multiple people approved it and now it’s being implemented by hundreds of other people, many of whom probably tell themselves they’re “just following orders.”#NeverAgainIsNow #AbolishICE https://t.co/eHNHaaFj5b
— Sophie Ellman-Golan (@EgSophie) May 15, 2020
More examples of ICE:
“Two sisters from El Salvador, ages 8 and 11, in U.S. government custody had just been approved for reunification with their Houston-based mom, when ICE stepped in and moved to deport them … ICE said its agents would only focus on detaining ‘public safety risks,’ as well as immigrants whose criminal records require the agency to apprehend them.”
—Graham Kates & Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, May 2020
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use ice in a sentence
Lalo said he reported the kidnapping to his ICE handlers, which was confirmed by a former federal agent familiar with the case.
But Huckabee (akin to Elizabeth Warren on the left) is like an ice cream sundae.
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He leant against the wall of his refuge, notwithstanding this boast, and licked the ice to moisten his parched lips.
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.
Profiting by this, Benjy quietly moved away round a colossal buttress of the berg, and took refuge in an ice-cave.
The smile was still on his lips when his head drooped on a piece of ice, and he sank into a deep slumber.
British Dictionary definitions for ice (1 of 3)
- 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 ice (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for ice (3 of 3)
Scientific definitions for ice
Other Idioms and Phrases with ice
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.