banquise (au figuré)

Carcassonnaise

Senior Member
British English
I know that banquise means ice floe or ice field. Is there any other possible meaning? Two women meet at their favourite pavement cafe in Paris. There is no reference to it being winter.
"Le chauffage gaz offre une température tropicale sur deux mètres carrés de banquise."
 
  • franc 91

    Senior Member
    English - GB
    It probably is in Winter - smokers now have to sit outside and are provided with limited heating arrangements to help them endure the cold and prevaling winds, plus they have also installed plastic sheeting - so the heater offers some limited tropical comforts in the midst of the icy wastes.
     
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