put (someone) on ice

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put (someone) on ice

1. To postpone or delay interacting with someone. I know that journalist has been persistent in getting a comment from us for his story, but we'll just have to put him on ice until the trial is over.
2. slang To murder someone. (A reference to keeping a body in a freezer in order to keep it from decomposing.) Don't worry, boss—we'll put that snitch on ice before he gets a chance to testify.
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put someone or something on ice

 
1. Lit. to put a body part or corpse on ice or under refrigeration to preserve it; to put a foodstuff on ice or under refrigeration to cool it. The surgeon transplanted a heart that had been put on ice for two hours. Please put the soda pop on ice.
2. Fig. to postpone acting on someone or something. I know he keeps pestering you for an answer, but we'll just have to put him on ice until we have more facts to go on. Let's put this project on ice till we find out how well it's financed.
See also: ice, on, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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