Posted by ESC on April 27, 2001
In Reply to: Cuts no ice posted by Joseph Gomez on April 27, 2001
: Does any body have the meaning to the phrase "cut's no ice"
"That doesn't cut any ice" means (to me) "that doesn't get the job done" or "that doesn't impress anyone." I couldn't find the phrase in any of my references but I'm guessing that it refers to the old-time custom, before refrigeration, of cutting blocks of ice from ponds and storing them in icehouses for summer. HOWEVER, I did see a reference to "ice" meaning payola or bribery. So that's a possible origin.