the solid form of water, produced by freezing; frozen water.
the frozen surface of a body of water.
any substance resembling frozen water:
a frozen dessert made of sweetened water and fruit juice.
British, ice cream.
icing, as on a cake.
The ice of his manner betrayed his dislike of the new ambassador.
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.
to cover with ice.
to change into ice; freeze.
to cool with ice, as a drink.
to cover (cake, sweet rolls, etc.) with icing; frost.
to refrigerate with ice, as air.
to make cold, as if with ice.
to preserve by placing on ice.
Ice Hockey. (especially in Canada) to put (a team) into formal play.
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.
Sports Slang. to establish a winning score or insurmountable lead in or otherwise assure victory in (a game or contest):
Her second goal iced the game.
to change to ice; freeze:
The sherbet is icing in the refrigerator.
to be coated with ice (often followed by up):
The windshield has iced up.
of or made of ice:
ice shavings; an ice sculpture.
for holding ice and food or drink to be chilled:
an ice bucket; an ice chest.
on or done on the ice:
break the ice,
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.
cut no ice, Informal. to have no influence or importance; fail to impress:
Her father’s position cuts no ice with me.
ice it, Slang. stop it; that’s enough:
You’ve been complaining all day, so ice it.
ice the puck, Ice Hockey. to hit the puck to the far end of the rink, especially from the defensive area across the offensive area.
on ice, Informal.
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.
on thin ice, in a precarious or delicate situation:
You may pass the course, but you’re on thin ice right now.
Also, skating on thin ice.
water in the solid state, formed by freezing liquid water related adjective glacial
a portion of ice cream
(slang) a diamond or diamonds
the field of play in ice hockey
(slang) a concentrated and highly potent form of methamphetamine with dangerous side effects
break the ice
to relieve shyness, etc, esp between strangers
to be the first of a group to do something
(informal) cut no ice, to fail to make an impression
on ice, in abeyance; pending
on thin ice, unsafe or unsafely; vulnerable or vulnerably
(NZ, informal) the Ice, Antarctica
often foll by up, over, etc. to form or cause to form ice; freeze
(transitive) to mix with ice or chill (a drink, etc)
(transitive) to cover (a cake, etc) with icing
(transitive) (US, slang) to kill
(mainly Canadian, in ice hockey)
to shoot the puck from one end of the rink to the other
to select which players will play in a game
abbreviation (in Britain)
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Diamonds; a diamond: a two-carat hunk of ice (1906+)
Gems and jewelry in general: Gonna wear your ice? (1906+)
Extra payment given for a desirable theater ticket: a slight fee, say $100 worth of tickets for $120. The $20 is the ”ice” (1927+)
Protection money; bribery; payoff: syndicate that paid out $1,000,000 in ice to the police (1948+)
Methamphetamine crystals (1980s+ Narcotics)
To make something certain; cinch, SEW something UP: They iced the game in the ninth with two more runs (1930s+)
(also ice someone out) To ignore someone; snub; cut; cold shoulder: how women were ”iced” by peers during corridor conversations/ I’ve had doors closed and I’ve been iced out (1836+)
o defeat utterly; trounce; clobber: Nebraska iced Kentucky 55 to 16 (1960s+ Sports)
To kill; off •Probably a shortening of put on ice: Ice a pig. Off a pig. That means kill a cop (1960s+ Underworld)
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in case of emergency
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Make a start, pave the way, as in Newton’s theories broke the ice for modern physics. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass. [ Early 1600s ]
Also see: break ground
Relax a tense or very formal situation, as in Someone at the conference table will have to break the ice. [ Early 1600s ]
break the ice
cut no ice
on thin ice
put on ice
tip of the iceberg
Make something known, as in We suspected that she was pregnant but waited for her to break the news to her in-laws. This term, in slightly different form (break a matter or break a business), dates from the early 1500s. Another variant is the 20th-century journalistic phrase, break a story, meaning “to reveal a news […]
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Surpass a previous achievement, as in He was determined to break the record for the high jump. This usage is applied primarily to sports of various kinds. [ 1880s ] Move very fast, as in The lecture was so dull that we broke the record getting to the door: [ Second half of 1900s ]
to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments: He broke a vase. to infringe, ignore, or act contrary to (a law, rule, promise, etc.): She broke her promise. to dissolve or annul (often followed by off): to break off friendly relations with another country. to fracture a bone of (some […]