Meaning of on ice in English:

on ice

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Translate on ice into Spanish


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

    ‘the champagne was already on ice’
    • ‘But it was the champions-elect that were sent home in defeat, the champagne, for now at least, chilling on ice.’
    • ‘The samples were heated for 6-7 min, then chilled on ice, and centrifuged.’
    • ‘Spoon some lobster noodles in a bowl that is chilled on ice.’
    • ‘In anticipation of victory the bubbly stuff was already 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.’
    • ‘Will the stars have to go without hair dryers and champagne on ice?’
    • ‘Should it emerge that Terem was not an isolated incident, no-one need put any champagne on ice before next Friday.’
    • ‘He had hired a gleaming limousine, saved up for the £1,300 diamond ring and ordered the champagne to be put on ice.’
    • ‘Andy, the perfect host, had arranged for several buckets of champagne to be waiting on ice for us in the interval bar.’
    • ‘On arrival, there's champagne on ice and an artily cut fruit platter.’
    1. 1.1(especially of a plan or proposal) held in reserve for future consideration.
      ‘the recommendation was put on ice’
      • ‘Mr Wicks said putting the plans on ice would cut down the overall cost of the massive engineering scheme by an estimated £220m.’
      • ‘Initially, it was hoped the family would jet off to the States this summer but the gruelling chemotherapy sessions have put plans on ice.’
      • ‘Early in March, Genesis Energy put plans on ice for two coal-fired power stations in Huntly.’
      • ‘However, the plan was put on ice after a study showed that a third network was not economically feasible.’
      • ‘So the plan has been put on ice until the society can convince them that it is safe.’
      • ‘‘They will be kept on ice for future use,’ I replied.’
      • ‘The European partnership, meanwhile, is on ice and likely to remain so.’
      • ‘Plans for a lavish Christmas wedding have been put on ice while the couple take stock of their 15-month relationship.’
      • ‘Two planning applications have had to be put on ice after a council failed to tell people about a crucial meeting.’
      • ‘Put bad food habits on ice with these tips to revamp your refrigerator.’
      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’
    • ‘It would be a unique event as Indians for the first time would get to watch white bear performing on ice.’
    • ‘In 1973, at the age of 9, Nina Ananiashvili performed on ice an adaptation of Michel Fokine's solo The Dying Swan.’
    • ‘Everyone has watched accomplished skaters spin 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.’
    • ‘The floor is painted in whirls of dusty white, so we seem to be viewing a performance on ice.’
    • ‘Intriguingly, the director chose to re-enact the story on ice, employing top figure skaters from eastern Europe.’
    • ‘And during the shoot in Norway, John risked his life by performing a series of extreme stunts on ice.’