To break the ice – Idiom

by woodward on 2 September 2010

To break the ice
= to create a relaxed atmosphere; to make a situation more comfortable

  • Erin is so extroverted, she always can break the ice when I introduce her to new people.
  • No one is talking, I hope someone breaks the ice soon!

Also: Icebreakers = (noun) games people play in groups of people to get to know them.

  • The camp counselor played icebreakers with the new kids.

Sometimes the noun is divided into two words: Ice breakers.

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