Idiom of the Week: Break the Ice

Meaning: To make people comfortable or more talkative at the beginning of a party, meeting, or any other social gathering. The noun form is “ice breaker.”


On the first day of class I always like to do something fun to break the ice.

He saw he needed to break the ice so he told a joke that got everyone laughing.

What should we do for an ice breaker at the new staff meeting?


Pop Quiz:

Which of the following are good ways to break the ice?

A.  Two minutes of silence.

B.  A test.

C.  A game in which people learn something interesting about each other.

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The correct answer is C. This type of game at the beginning of a meeting or class is called an ice breaker, and it’s one good way to break the ice.

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