(third-person singular simple present breaks the ice, present participle breaking the ice, simple past broke the ice, past participle broken the ice)
- (idiomatic) To start to get to know people, by avoiding awkwardness.
- Including a few fun details in large group introductions can be a great way to break the ice.
- (idiomatic) To introduce conversation.
By application of the metaphor that strangers are socially separated by ice.