into cold storage

into cold storage

Into a hiatus or state of delayed or procrastinated action. Many were hopeful that the summit would yield a clear plan of action for dealing with climate change, but any such action went into cold storage when the president suddenly withdrew from the meetings. They put our project into cold storage for the time being, citing budgetary concerns and a lack of faith in its sales.
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into cold storage

If you put something into cold storage, you delay doing it or dealing with it. He made it clear that the peace process would have to be put into cold storage until both sides had shown that they were committed to democracy. Note: You can also say that something is in cold storage. A few years ago a publisher asked me to consider writing a novel on the subject, and the idea has been in cold storage ever since.
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