Meaning of “break the ice” in the English Dictionary

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"break the ice" in British English

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break the ice

informal

B2 to make people who have not met before feel more relaxed with each other:

Someone suggested that we play a party game to break the ice.
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(Definition of “break the ice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"break the ice" in American English

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break the ice

to do or say something that makes people who do not know each other feel more comfortable:

I tried to break the ice by talking to the people next to me about the weather.

(Definition of “break the ice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)