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    On thin ice

    how did this idiom originate?

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    Re: On thin ice

    It is metaphor meaning getting dangerously close to failing, being trapped, getting into trouble. Perhaps the origin is owing to the cold regions of the world where during winters the water starts to freeze. If you walk on a thin layer of ice which has water beneath than you are in a danger of falling into the deathly icy waters. Thus the usage walking on thin ice, i.e., nearly getting into trouble.

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    Re: On thin ice

    Just imagine the days before ice rinks, when people skated on frozen lakes (and even on rivers - before the Industrial Revolution started to ramp up the process of global warming there was a fair in London on the Thames).

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