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cut no ice (third-person singular simple present cuts no ice, present participle cutting no ice, simple past and past participle cut no ice)

  1. (idiomatic, usually with "with") To have no influence (on).
    • 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, “His Last Bow”, in His Last Bow:
      It cuts no ice with a British copper to tell him you're an American citizen. 'It's British law and order over here,' says he.
    • 1920, Virginia Woolf; Anne Olivier Bell (editor), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, published 1984, page 72:
      It's a feeling of impotence: of cutting no ice. Here I sit at Richmond, & like a lantern stood in the middle of a field my light goes up in darkness.

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