Idioms: Break the ice
Meaning – To say or do something that helps people relax and begin talking at a meeting, party, or in a first lesson!
Example – It was an awkward first lesson until the teacher broke the ice by introducing all the students.
- Fig. to attempt to become friends with someone – He tried to break the ice, but she was a little cold. A nice smile does a lot to break the ice.
to make people who have not met before feel more relaxed with each other – We played a couple of party games to break the ice.
- to start a conversation with someone you have not met before – I never know how to break the ice with someone I’ve just met at a party.
Did you know?
The phrase originated from old ships known as ice-breakers which were used to break through ice to move to new areas. It was later applied socially to get strangers acquainted with one another.
How do you break the ice with someone you’ve just met? Leave a comment.