One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An entry stored in a person's mobile phone that provides emergency contact information.as modifier ‘all mobile phone users should have an ICE contact in their phones’
- ‘Put an ICE number in your mobile’
- ‘We received an email claiming that having an ICE entry in your phone book could expose your mobile to a downloadable virus.’
- ‘We have been inundated with emails and phone calls from people worried that, having put ICE into their mobiles, they are now going to be charged for the privilege.’
- ‘If you've been in an accident, one of the first places paramedics will check for a next-of-kin ICE contact is your mobile phone.’
- ‘Add an entry in your mobile phone's contacts for ICE with name and contact info.’
- ‘The idea is that you enter the word ICE in your cellphone address book and against it the number of the person who you would want to be contacted 'in case of emergency'.’
- ‘At just 10g, it's lightweight, but is as obvious to paramedics as traditional jewellery - while holding more information than the ICE number on your phone.’
- ‘Everyone should put a contact number in their mobile phone and name it ICE (In Case of Emergency)’
- ‘A helper, or emergency worker, would simply be able to use your phone and dial your pre-entered ICE numbers telling friends of relations what had happened.’
Early 21st century: acronym from in case of emergency.
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