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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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"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.
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