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be on ice
1. Literally, to be kept cold by being surrounded by ice, as of food or drink. That shrimp has been on ice, so it's fine to eat. You made sure that the champagne is on ice, right?
2. slang To be postponed or suspended. Oh, that idea from last week's meeting is on ice now—the CEO said we'll revisit it in the spring.
3. slang To be absent from public activity, typically because one is in prison. With all the crimes he's committed, that guy will be on ice for the rest of his life.
4. To be a certain victory or success. I wouldn't worry, sir. Based on my meeting with the constituents, your nomination is on ice.