- 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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How to use ice in a sentence
Hot town, summer in the city....During the summer, ices are a ubiquitous dessert, sold on nearly every city street corner.
Bess asked Louise, as they sat on the grass with the other girls, waiting for the boys to bring them some ices.The Story of the Big Front Door|Mary Finley Leonard
About two-thirds of that quantity is used for preparing ices, most of which are made of milk or pine-apple juice.
By the time the consomm was served, the other group had finished the eating of their ices and risen to depart.Marjorie Dean College Freshman|Pauline Lester
Fruit juices that are designed for use in frozen creams and water ices should be canned with a generous amount of sugar.
These sirups are used for flavoring ice creams and water ices.
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
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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.