Do you dream of writing the next bestselling series of books like Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling? Or have you always wanted to learn to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix? It’s easy to delay big plans like these because we get so busy with the everyday strains and stresses of work, study or family life. Our advice — don’t put your plans on ice for too long!
Have a look at Dara’s latest video, and then see if you can use this idiom in a sentence.
Put something on ice? Like a penguin?
No! To put something on ice just means to put something on hold – that is, to stop preparing for something or to stop working on something because you know it may be postponed or canceled.
Let’s make this clearer with a few example sentences:
- Since the corruption scandal at FIFA, Copa-Cola have put football advertising campaigns on ice, as they don’t want their brand to be associated with the scandal.
- Our son is quite sick, so our plans for the weekend have been put on ice for the moment.
- Bad news, everyone! Our budget has been cut, so our project has been put on ice for now. Hopefully, we’ll get a new source of funding soon.
So, there we are. Can you use this phrase in a sentence of your own – perhaps about personal plans or government projects? Let us know in the comments section below.
Here are some questions to help you think about how to use this expression.
- Are there any projects that your company wants to set in motion, but have been delayed? Why were they put on hold?
- Are there chores or DIY projects that you need to do around your home that haven’t been done for a while – for example, cleaning out the attic or the basement?
- Are there any hobbies or personal development goals that you have a mind to start, but you never seem to have enough time?
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