The pay ceiling, effectively freezing the earnings of four million public sector workers for at least two years, will bite in 18 months.
- Today's Evening Standard
Some people would wrongly accuse this sentence of mixing its metaphors. 'How', they would whinge from their imitation-ivory towers, 'could a ceiling freeze or bite?' Such brainless pedants haven't considered either igloos or Napoleon III's private theatre at Fontainebleau, of which a picture below.