on ice

Slang Dictionary

ice definition


  1. n.
    diamonds; jewels. (Underworld.) : That old dame has tons of ice in her hotel room.
  2. n.
    cocaine; crystalline cocaine. (Drugs.) : Max deals mostly in ice but can get you almost anything.
  3. tv.
    to kill someone; to kill an informer. (Underworld. See also chill.) : Mr. Big ordered Sam to ice you-know-who.
  4. tv.
    to ignore someone. (Underworld. See also chill.) : Bart iced Sam for obvious reasons.
  5. tv.
    to embarrass someone; to make someone look foolish. : Don't ice me in front of my friends.
  6. n.
    money given as a bribe, especially to the police. (Underworld.) : A lot of those cops take ice.
  7. mod.
    excellent; very cool. : Her answer was ice, and she really put down that guy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Slang Dictionary

on ice definition


  1. mod.
    in reserve. : That's a great idea, but we'll have to put it on ice until we can afford to put it into action.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

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 winit's on ice. [Slang; early 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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