TIP TUESDAY : 'Break the ice' idiom

18 Set 2018

Welcome to #tiptuesday! Every week we´ll be posting a tip on the English language. Keep an eye out for idiomatic expressions, phrasal verbs, exam tips and more!

Today's idiom is - TO BREAK THE ICE 

Meaning ...

To make people who have not met before feel more relaxed with each other. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass [early 1600's]. 

Examples: 
1.       The speaker broke the ice with a joke before the conference began.                   
2.       Using humor to break the ice is a good way to start a conversation.
3.       I'm just trying to break the ice.                 
4.       The interviewer broke the ice by asking how I had arrived.
5.       Nobody was enjoying the party until the host finally was able to break the ice.

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