- Assured of attainment or success:
With the extra goal the victory was on ice.
- In reserve or readiness.
- In a precarious position.
Other Word Forms of Ice
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Ice
Origin of Ice
From Middle English is, from Old English īs, from Proto-Germanic *īsą (compare West Frisian iis, Dutch ijs, Low Saxon (Low German) Ies, German Eis, Danish and Swedish is), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eiH- (compare Lithuanian ýnis (“glazed frost”), Russian иней (ínej, “hoarfrost”), Ossetian их (ix), ех (ex, “ice”), Persian یخ (yax)).
Middle English is from Old English īs
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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