put something on ice

put something on ice

COMMON If you put something such as a plan or project on ice, you stop it happening for a period of time. Further high-level meetings have been put on ice. Plans have been put on ice for a meeting in London of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Note: If a plan or project is on ice, no action is taken to put it into operation. A further cut in interest rates to 6% is now likely to stay on ice till next year. Note: This expression refers to the use of ice to preserve food and prevent it from decaying.
See also: ice, on, put, something

put something on ˈice

decide to take no action on something for a period of time; postpone something: They have put the plans for the new hospital on ice because of the economic situation.My plans for going to the USA are on ice for the moment.
See also: ice, on, put, something
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