One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Do or say something to relieve tension or get conversation going in a strained situation or when strangers meet.
- ‘Perhaps next time, we should break the ice and make proper conversation.’
- ‘I offered, trying to keep the conversation to a minimum and break the ice at the same time.’
- ‘In an attempt to break the ice, I rack my brain to continue the conversation.’
- ‘I thought if I had one at home I could use it as a conversation piece, to break the ice at parties.’
- ‘Although watching together broke the ice, the tension was still there.’
- ‘If you understand a culture, you can break the ice in conversation, make a joke, or construct a speech better.’
- ‘He had to break the ice before she would really engage in a conversation.’
- ‘The bartender decided to break the ice and make a little conversation.’
- ‘And so the audience laughed and that kind of broke the ice.’
- ‘However, a smile and a ‘Bonjour’ was usually sufficient to break the ice in any conversation.’
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