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rotten ice

noun, Nautical
ice pitted or honeycombed from melting.
Origin of rotten ice
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Little on little the horses pull up, and stop at last not a hunder' feet from the great crack and the rotten ice.

  • You might as well climb an eighty-degree, fifty-foot wall of rotten ice.

  • They could hear him sputter and see him splash helpless in the pool of dark water and broken bits of rotten ice.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Beneath our feet it swayed and leaped like rotten ice on the magic Serpentine.

    HE Andrew Lang
  • Gone through the rotten ice of Lake LeBarge with six female members of the opera troupe he was convoying.

  • Jean halted when they stood upon the rotten ice of the creek.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • Sir John Leslie, for example, states that ice at 32 is friable; and every skater knows how rotten ice becomes before it thaws.

  • It's like skating on rotten ice so fast that it never breaks.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • Blair had reached the river and, despite its rotten ice, had tried to cross.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge

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