mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. Options
Daemon
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/7/2009
Posts: 33,650
Neurons: 100,128
Location: Inside Farlex computers
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Alexander Lo
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:22:14 AM

Rank: Member

Joined: 3/14/2014
Posts: 267
Neurons: 86,669
Location: Pasadena, California, United States
I think weight is the number one factor in safety skating over the thin ice.
walirlan
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:28:43 AM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/18/2014
Posts: 305
Neurons: 253,078
Location: Mayo, Connaught, Ireland
Also your reflex is a crucial factor. If you don't have it even your speed might be not enough!
concepthacker
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 8:25:24 AM

Rank: Newbie

Joined: 7/9/2014
Posts: 6
Neurons: 138
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
I believe Emerson is speaking metaphorically here. In other words: efficiency and focus is the best way to get through a risky situation
Bully_rus
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:24:38 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/26/2013
Posts: 3,518
Neurons: 361,581
Location: Minsk, Minskaya Voblasts', Belarus
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in a depth of water under ice and distance to the nearest habitation.
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:10:20 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/4/2014
Posts: 8,764
Neurons: 7,540,551
Location: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia
In a precarious or risky position, as in After failing the midterm, he was on thin ice with his math teacher. This metaphor is often rounded out as skate on thin ice, as in He knew he was skating on thin ice when he took his rent money with him to the racetrack.
This idiom, which alludes to the danger that treading on thin ice will cause it to break, was first used figuratively by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay Prudence (1841): "In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed."

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
Absurdicuss
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:46:18 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/8/2013
Posts: 2,886
Neurons: 30,734
Location: Jefferson, South Carolina, United States


In life move swiftly across the veneer of surface details. They are illusory, masking the substance of truth which lies immediately beneath.
Linger, and you may fall into a hostile environment that you are not equipped to negotiate.
Trivium_Discipulus
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:47:46 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/20/2013
Posts: 819
Neurons: 350,106
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Daemon wrote:
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Metaphorically speaking, it is best to get off the "thin ice" as quickly as possibly by redirecting the thought patterns of the person who represents the thin ice.

I've seen this play out in real life.

I was at a bar with a friend and he directed my attention to a table of people and commented that they tended to resemble famous people. He then commented something to the effect of "...and look at this fat chick here" (he was an *ss and he's no longer my friend, BTW).

Anyway, she turned around with her hands on her hips and exclaimed, "what did you say?" I don't know exactly what he did, but within seconds they were smiling and laughing together like they were very good friends.

My guess is he was the closest thing to a politician I've known from the "inside."

He was very good at manipulating people who allowed. Interestingly, a certain segment of the population could see right through him immediately.
Saul F
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:16:39 PM

Rank: Newbie

Joined: 6/11/2014
Posts: 40
Neurons: 26,936
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Anxious if I may i'd like to add that speed here might be the same as diligence. If a student is doing poorly in a class, for example he/she might want to increase the effort, or be more diligent, speed up, to improve grades. Just like one would speed up to avoid a precarious situation in life.
concepthacker
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:42:53 PM

Rank: Newbie

Joined: 7/9/2014
Posts: 6
Neurons: 138
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Work expediently to get out of risky situations.

That sounds a little better.

And what Saul said :)
Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:44:15 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 1/8/2014
Posts: 257
Neurons: 61,514
Location: Sylva, North Carolina, United States
Well when thin ice I'm supposing if you go really fast there is a sure bet that you will break the ice, compared to if you were going slow; which you can then hear the ice crackle.
pedro
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 9:15:30 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 5/21/2009
Posts: 13,057
Neurons: 63,022
an ability to swim helps too
Miriam...
Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 10:48:02 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 12/20/2012
Posts: 1,032
Neurons: 12,634
Only if you are in a wet suit and scuba gear.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.