Origin of icing
- 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.
Origin of ice
Examples from the Web for icing
Contemporary Examples of icing
And aside from doing the requisite things needed to seize the majority, there was icing on the cake, too.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
That would be a nice little layer of icing, because it would prove the smug conventional wisdom as wrong as it usually is.Obamacare Crosses the Finish Line
March 31, 2014
Bringing along Justin Timberlake and Madonna, as he did last night, was icing on the cake.Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s Perfect, Cameo-Filled 'Saturday Night Live'
December 22, 2013
It's icing on the, well, ice that the film's story is as emotionally cascading as the setting.‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’
November 25, 2013
The leather gloves are just icing on the weird, fabulous cake.Britney Spears's 10 Looks in "Work Bitch"
October 2, 2013
Historical Examples of icing
It is used for the icing of cake or the making of French candies.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Flavour the icing with essence of lemon, or with extract of roses.
You may make maccaroons with icing that is left from a cake.
If you ice it, add a few drops of essence of lemon to the icing.
Recipes for icing are so general that I refer you to your cookery book.Culture and Cooking
- 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
Word Origin for ice
abbreviation for (in Britain)
1769 in the confectionary sense, verbal noun of ice (v.). Earlier in this sense was simple ice (1723). Meaning "process of becoming covered with ice" is from 1881.
Old English is "ice" (also the name of the rune for -i-), from Proto-Germanic *isa- (cf. Old Norse iss, Old Frisian is, Dutch ijs, German Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Germanic, though possible relatives are Avestan aexa- "frost, ice," isu- "frosty, icy;" Afghan asai "frost." Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906.
Ice cube attested from 1904. Ice age attested from 1832. To break the ice "to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1580s, metaphoric of making passages for boats by breaking up river ice though in modern use usually with implications of "cold reserve."
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.