In reserve or readiness. This idiom often occurs with put, meaning “to place in reserve,” as in Let's put that proposal on ice until we have the funds to implement it. This usage alludes to putting things in cold storage for preservation. [Slang; late 1800s]
In prison, as in He's been on ice for ten years. This usage may be derived in part from the slang term cooler for “jail.” [Slang; c. 1930]
With a good chance of success, as in I'm sure she'll win—it's on ice. [Slang; early 1900s]
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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.