break the ice

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Etymology[edit]

By application of the metaphor that strangers are socially separated by ice.

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break the ice (third-person singular simple present breaks the ice, present participle breaking the ice, simple past broke the ice, past participle broken the ice)

  1. (idiomatic) To start to get to know people, by avoiding awkwardness.
    Including a few fun details in large group introductions can be a great way to break the ice.
  2. (idiomatic) To introduce conversation.

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