to break the ice

Idiom Definition

"to break the ice"

to start a conversation with someone (or a group of people) who you have not met before;

to initiate some form of communication where there was no communication before

Idiom Definition - to break the ice


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to break the ice

Two teenagers are talking ...

Teen 1:  Have you talked to that pretty girl you see everyday at the cafeteria?

Teen 2:  Not yet.

Teen 1:  What are you waiting for?

Teen 2: I don't know how to start the conversation.

Teen 1: Well, you need to break the ice somehow.

Teen 2: Maybe I can ask my older brother how to start a conversation with a stranger.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to break the ice

Two businessmen are talking ...

Businessman 1: Are you ready to host the big conference?

Businessman 2: Almost.  I haven't quite decided how to get everyone talking at the reception before the conference.

Businessman 1: It is always difficult to break the ice at these social functions where nobody knows each other.

Businessman 2: I've been reading a book about ice breakers at business social functions.

Businessman 1: Then you can use some of those conversation starter ideas.

to break the ice - Usage:


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to break the ice - Gerund Form:

Breaking the ice with a joke or story can be a great way to meet new people.

to break the ice - Examples:

1)  Try to break the ice by just talking.

2)  I felt it necessary to break the ice and mention to him that I was a big fan.

3) I often use compliments as a way to break the ice and lead into a conversation. 

4)  Do you have questions you typically use to break the ice and form lasting connections?

5)  To break the ice, a compliment is always nice.

6)  I've already initiated friendly conversations to break the ice.

7)  Asking about your house and the neighborhood is a great way to break the ice.

8)  Sometimes it can be difficult to " break the ice " and start a conversation with someone attractive.

9)  You can learn to break the ice with finesse and talk to the girls or guys of your dreams!

10)  His baseball stories help break the ice on his sales rounds.

11)  We'll see how that goes, maybe it'll break the ice and I'll get more comfortable with being in front of a camera.

12)  You will find our community very friendly, why not break the ice and introduce yourself.

13)  Here are some starter questions to break the ice: # How are you doing? Where do you live?

14)  If there's any topic you can use to break the ice (ha!), it's the weather.

15)  Once you break the ice, the conversation should start rolling.

16)  That's when they found themselves in a situation that forced them to break the ice.

17)  Benny decides that it's time to break the ice, and he introduces himself and the others.

18)  If your date seems a bit shy, then try to break the ice by sharing something interesting about yourself that he/she will find amusing.

19)  Show up early to class. It's easier to break the ice when there are just a few people waiting for class to start.

20)  Use humour to break the ice when you're chairing a meeting or to make your point during a discussion.