break the ice


break the ice
phrasal
1. : to make a beginning
2. : to get through the first difficulties in starting a conversation or discussion

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break the ice (figurative)
To get through first difficulties, esp restraint on first meeting
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Main Entry:break
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break the ice
1. To break through the barrier of reserve or inhibition on first meeting
2. To move to restore friendly relations after a period of hostility
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Main Entry:ice

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break the ice phrase
to do or say something that makes people feel less shy or nervous in a social situation

He told a few jokes to break the ice.

Thesaurus: to make someone less nervous or upsetsynonym
Main entry: break

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I
see ice
II
do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation going at the start of a party or when people meet for the first time

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break the ice — see ice, 1
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Main Entry:break
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break the ice
informal : to say or do something that helps people to relax and begin talking at a meeting, party, etc.

He told a joke to break the ice.

— see also icebreaker 2
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Main Entry:ice

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break the ˈice idiom
to say or do sth that makes people feel more relaxed, especially at the beginning of a meeting, party, etc.
see also icebreaker (2)

Jim organized a few party games to break the ice when people first arrived.

Main entry:iceidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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