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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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Translations of “break the ice”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打破冷場…
in Russian создавать непринужденную атмосферу…
in Turkish havayı yumuşatmak, resmiyeti kaldırmak, buzları kırmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打破冷场…
in Polish przełamać lody…
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