- 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.
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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 iceiceless, adjectiveicelike, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.
Definition for ice (2 of 4)
Definition for ice (3 of 4)
Origin of -ice
Definition for ice (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for ice
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.
Just who is crazy enough to go swimming when the pond across the street has a layer of ice across the top?Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists|James Joiner|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Crew members had to cut through the ice on the streets to get shots.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Serve with the warm sauce and your choice of ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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)
abbreviation for (in Britain)
British Dictionary definitions for ice (3 of 3)
Scientific definitions for ice
Idioms and Phrases with ice
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.