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Cuts no ice

Posted by Patty on April 27, 2001

In Reply to: Cuts no ice posted by ESC 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.

So it's a phrase-synonym for "That dog can't hunt"?? Or "it doesn't cut the mustard"...
- Patty