Definition of on ice in English:

on ice


  • 1(of wine or food) kept chilled by being surrounded by ice.

    ‘the champagne was already on ice’
    • ‘On arrival, there's champagne on ice and an artily cut fruit platter.’
    • ‘But it was the champions-elect that were sent home in defeat, the champagne, for now at least, chilling on ice.’
    • ‘We have the champagne on ice and are ready to pay out the prize, so I'd encourage everyone to check their tickets.’
    • ‘Should it emerge that Terem was not an isolated incident, no-one need put any champagne on ice before next Friday.’
    • ‘Will the stars have to go without hair dryers and champagne on ice?’
    • ‘He had hired a gleaming limousine, saved up for the £1,300 diamond ring and ordered the champagne to be put on ice.’
    • ‘The samples were heated for 6-7 min, then chilled on ice, and centrifuged.’
    • ‘In anticipation of victory the bubbly stuff was already on ice.’
    • ‘Spoon some lobster noodles in a bowl that is chilled on ice.’
    • ‘Andy, the perfect host, had arranged for several buckets of champagne to be waiting on ice for us in the interval bar.’
    1. 1.1 (especially of a plan or proposal) held in reserve for future consideration.
      ‘the recommendation was put on ice’
      • ‘The European partnership, meanwhile, is on ice and likely to remain so.’
      • ‘So the plan has been put on ice until the society can convince them that it is safe.’
      • ‘Mr Wicks said putting the plans on ice would cut down the overall cost of the massive engineering scheme by an estimated £220m.’
      • ‘However, the plan was put on ice after a study showed that a third network was not economically feasible.’
      • ‘Two planning applications have had to be put on ice after a council failed to tell people about a crucial meeting.’
      • ‘Early in March, Genesis Energy put plans on ice for two coal-fired power stations in Huntly.’
      • ‘Initially, it was hoped the family would jet off to the States this summer but the gruelling chemotherapy sessions have put plans on ice.’
      • ‘Put bad food habits on ice with these tips to revamp your refrigerator.’
      • ‘‘They will be kept on ice for future use,’ I replied.’
      • ‘Plans for a lavish Christmas wedding have been put on ice while the couple take stock of their 15-month relationship.’
      in abeyance, pending, ongoing, in the air, up in the air, open, still open, hanging fire, in the balance
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  • 2(of an entertainment) performed by skaters.

    ‘Dick Whittington on Ice’
    • ‘Everyone has watched accomplished skaters spin on ice.’
    • ‘And during the shoot in Norway, John risked his life by performing a series of extreme stunts on ice.’
    • ‘The floor is painted in whirls of dusty white, so we seem to be viewing a performance on ice.’
    • ‘It would be a unique event as Indians for the first time would get to watch white bear performing on ice.’
    • ‘I admire the skill and dedication of the athletes who perform on ice and snow, and I'll be a faithful viewer of this year's Games.’
    • ‘Intriguingly, the director chose to re-enact the story on ice, employing top figure skaters from eastern Europe.’
    • ‘In 1973, at the age of 9, Nina Ananiashvili performed on ice an adaptation of Michel Fokine's solo The Dying Swan.’