break the ice
To remove the tension at a first meeting, at the opening of a party, etc.: “That joke really broke the ice at the conference; we all relaxed afterward.”
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How to use break the ice in a sentence
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He leant against the wall of his refuge, notwithstanding this boast, and licked the ice to moisten his parched lips.
Were you ever arrested, having in your custody another man's cash, and would rather go to gaol, than break it?
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.
Other Idioms and Phrases with break the ice
Make a start, pave the way, as in Newton's theories broke the ice for modern physics. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass. [Early 1600s] Also see break ground.
Relax a tense or very formal situation, as in Someone at the conference table will have to break the ice. [Early 1600s]