Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BLOCK THE ICE, phr. (See quot.) Cf. Big(g), v., 5 (1). Given also by Abd.9 1934, Jam.6 (1887) for w. and s.Sc., Ayr.4 1928, Kcb.9 1935. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 76:
Block the ice, a curling term, the same with “big-on,” to block up with guards the run of the stones, so that none of them may take out a guarded winner.

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"Block the ice phr.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Jan 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/block_the_ice>

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