cold storage n.1
1. death; thus also a grave or cemetery.
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: cold storage. ‘To go into cold storage’ – to be killed during the 1916 winter.|
|Wise-crack Dict. 15/2: Wooden kimona – Case for cold storage.|
|AS XI:3 198: Placed in cold storage.‘American Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 92: cold storage. A grave or cemetery.|
2. a prison.
|Und. Speaks 24/1: Cold storage, held in jail by police on no specific charge.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 55: cold storage Solitary confinement.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad.|
3. (US) a state of temporary clandestine residence, in order to avoid identification, capture.
|‘Return Engagement’ in Best of Manhunt (2019) [ebook] ‘Blesch take care of the old guy I sent over for cold storage?’.|