One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Decorate (a cake or biscuit) with icing.
cover with icing, glazeView synonyms
- ‘There were examples of mothers who iced cakes, kept chickens, and (as with the women graduates) took in laundry and lodgers to help with finance.’
- ‘I slammed the kitchen door on the pair of them and set about icing my cake.’
- ‘She poured three glasses of milk, and then went to help her mother ice the cake.’
- ‘Using a fine nozzle, the design is extruded onto the surface in a manner a bit like icing a cake.’
- ‘Be sure and save a fair amount of frosting in the bowls for icing the cookies themselves.’
- ‘There will also be a demonstration on cake icing and decorating.’
- ‘Brown polished it off, helping English to a battling 75 before icing the cake with a fierce drive through mid-wicket towards the nearest hedge.’
- ‘Turn the layers out onto cake racks to cool thoroughly before icing the cake.’
- ‘Back in November, I made my own Christmas cake, and iced it mid-December.’
- ‘Bake shop students, SAs Daniel Herzog and Jesus Collazo get a close look at the proper way to ice a cake.’
- ‘This cake can also be iced: melt together 150g dark chocolate with 150 ml double cream and 25g butter.’
- ‘England, however, made the fatal error of believing this advance publicity - and in their haste, they tried to ice their cake before it had had time to cool.’
- ‘And with a couple of minutes left, Moffett iced the Damolly cake.’
- ‘David even has a job icing cakes in a supermarket to supplement the family's income.’
- ‘The hot-cross buns are still iced by hand in the bakery, and the produce comes primarily from local growers in season.’
- ‘Laying the road surfaces has been compared to icing a cake.’
- ‘When cool, ice with chocolate icing and cut into squares.’
- ‘I was fully prepared to ice cupcakes for the rest of my life, and never speak about this again.’
- ‘If they can't wait long enough to ice fairy cakes, have some extra that can be eaten immediately.’
- ‘For £1m they suggested buying your own Mediterranean island and icing your wedding cake with solid gold.’
2North American informal Clinch (something such as a victory or deal).
- ‘Her three-point play with 1: 31 left iced the Huskies' victory over Oklahoma in San Antonio.’
- ‘Detroit has iced a contender in each of the past dozen years.’
3North American informal Kill.‘she was saved from being iced by the mafia’murder, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, executeView synonyms
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