- 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 Words for on thin iceafraid, unsure, hesitant, touchy, shaky, apprehensive, anxious, uptight, troubled, uncertain, threatening, hazardous, treacherous, precarious, unstable, delicate, ticklish, rugged, dicey, risky
- 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)
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."
on thin ice
In a precarious or risky position, as in After failing the midterm, he was on thin ice with his math teacher. This metaphor is often rounded out as skate on thin ice, as in He knew he was skating on thin ice when he took his rent money with him to the racetrack. This idiom, which alludes to the danger that treading on thin ice will cause it to break, was first used figuratively by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay Prudence (1841): “In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”
see break the ice; cut no ice; on ice; on thin ice; put on ice; tip of the iceberg.