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Meaning of “break the ice” in the English Dictionary

"break the ice" in British English

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break the ice

informalB2 to make ​people who have not ​met before ​feel more ​relaxed with each other: Someone ​suggested that we ​play a ​partygame 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)
Translations of “break the ice”
in Chinese (Simplified) 打破冷场…
in Turkish havayı yumuşatmak, resmiyeti kaldırmak, buzları kırmak…
in Russian создавать непринужденную атмосферу…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打破冷場…
in Polish przełamać lody…
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