put (someone or something) on ice(redirected from put them on ice)
put (someone or something) on ice
1. Literally, to put something in a cold place to preserve it, as of food or drink. If you don't put that shrimp on ice, we won't be able to eat it later. You made sure to put the champagne on ice, right?
2. To postpone or delay acting on or interacting with a person. 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.
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.
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.