break the ice
Meaning: If you break the ice you say or do something to create a more relaxed atmosphere when meeting people for the first time.
- What do you do in a new class to help break the ice and get students talking?
- Knowing how to break the ice is one of those social skills that will come with experience and maturity.
Origin: Probably metaphorical, from the fact that ships called ice-breakers cut channels through ice floes to allow other ships to pass through.
People will usually try to find a way to break the ice if they are with others they
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Contributor: Matt Errey