- 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.
- 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
Related formsice·less, adjectiveice·like, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for on ice (1 of 2)
- 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 Formsiceless, adjectiveicelike, adjective
Word Origin for ice
British Dictionary definitions for on ice (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in Britain)
Science definitions for on ice
Idioms and Phrases with on ice (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with on ice (2 of 2)
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.