Idioms

Origin of ice

before 900; 1905–10 for def 8a; Middle English, Old English īs; cognate with German Eis, Old Norse īss

Related forms

ice·less, adjectiveice·like, adjectivere·ice, verb, re·iced, re·ic·ing.un·ice, verb (used with object), un·iced, un·ic·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for on ice (1 of 2)

ice

/ (aɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

iceless, adjectiveicelike, adjective

Word Origin for ice

Old English īs; compare Old High German īs, Old Norse īss

British Dictionary definitions for on ice (2 of 2)

ICE


abbreviation for (in Britain)

Institution of Civil Engineers
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Science definitions for on ice

ice

[ īs ]

A solid consisting of frozen water. Ice forms at or below a temperature of 0°C (32°F). Ice expands during the process of freezing, with the result that its density is lower than that of water.
A solid form of a substance, especially of a substance that is a liquid or a gas at room temperature at sea level on Earth. The nuclei of many comets contain methane ice.
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Idioms and Phrases with on ice (1 of 2)

on ice


1

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]

2

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]

3

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)

ice


see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.

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