One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or process of breaking ice or of breaking through the ice.
That breaks (through) the ice. Frequently in extended use, especially: that breaks through cold reserve or stiffness, facilitating conversation or social ease.
Early 19th century. From ice + breaking. Compare to break the ice, ice-breaker, ice-breaking<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Canadian Magazine. From ice + breaking.
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