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  • n  a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea

  • The most highly publicized hunk of ice in the world last week was a floe about the size of three tennis courts.
  • On his floe, meanwhile, in the gloom of Arctic winter, Leader Ivan Papanin glimpsed the searchlight beam from an icebreaker 40 miles away.
  • Reversing Eliza, the men jumped from floe to floe, dragged the dogs by main force, assembled 53 animals.
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  • Tim Flannery in North Queensland Register
    The negotiators at the moment are a bit like penguins on an ice floe, scared to be the first one into the water for fear of the seal lurking below,Prof. Flannery said in a comment about the lack of leadership on climate change. "They...
  • David McGuinty in Canada.com
    They're jumping from ice floe to ice floe, desperately seeking higher ground to try to get a smidgen of credibility on the environment,said McGuinty. "But it's not working, because all they can find, having cut $600 million of programs, is...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in MarketWatch
    You will become a political penguin on a smaller and smaller ice floe drifting out to sea,Schwarzenegger said.

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