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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ICE UP

Catherine had been ice up to this moment, but at this word she flamed up.

I had heard Ruth say they always have ice up there, and she has given me some.

He broke the ice up to that forsaken Robins, and waded in after him.

Most noticeable were "hedges" of ice up to six feet in height on either side of the crevasses which ran southward.

The Professor then swung his axe vigorously, and began to cut an oblique stair-case in the ice up the sheer face of the precipice.

As I was jumping over a lane I thrust one leg through the ice up to the knee.

She must have fallen through the snow which covered our water-hole, for she was literally incased in ice up to the breasts.

I put out my hand, my weight went after, and I had crashed through a coating of ice up to my elbow in a pool.

It must be in perfection, and should be on ice up to the moment of serving, and must tempt the eye as well as the palate.

This was dragged under the ice up into the house, where it afforded a meal of canned green bark.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English is "ice" (also the name of the rune for -i-), from Proto-Germanic *isa- (cf. Old Norse iss, Old Frisian is, Dutch ijs, German Eis), with no certain cognates beyond Germanic, though possible relatives are Avestan aexa- "frost, ice," isu- "frosty, icy;" Afghan asai "frost." Slang meaning "diamonds" is attested from 1906.

Ice cube attested from 1904. Ice age attested from 1832. To break the ice "to make the first opening to any attempt" is from 1580s, metaphoric of making passages for boats by breaking up river ice though in modern use usually with implications of "cold reserve."

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