In the novel Ender's Game, what does it mean to be iced?

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In Ender's Game, to be iced means to be kicked out of the Battle School in which Ender has been enrolled and is learning to fight in combat. The school exists to prepare students to fight the Buggers, who humans are in conflict with. When one is iced from the school, the person is presumably sent back to Earth and forever exiled from the school. There is also an implication that to be iced also means to be killed. It is possible that both are true for the term and it depends on the context of when it is used throughout the novel. To be iced from the Battle School is...

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jimmy231231 | Student

iced means being left out in space in the middle of nowhere

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ninjasquirrelly | Student

iced, he means that he would just return and would have accomplished nothing. well not much anyways.

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eddierogers | Student

From what I can tell, it pretty much means you get expelled.

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