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to break the ice

Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to get through first difficulties; to overcome obstacles and make a beginning; to introduce a subject.
  • n. See under Break.

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Examples

  • One morning, being left alone with him a few minutes in the parlour, I ventured to approach the window-recess -- which his table, chair, and desk consecrated as a kind of study -- and I was going to speak, though not very well knowing in what words to frame my inquiry -- for it is at all times difficult to break the ice of reserve glassing over such natures as his -- when he saved me the trouble by being the first to commence a dialogue.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. II.

  • In the evening went to J. B.'s to break the ice for them in commencing family-prayer, but he was out, so after some close conversation with his wife on the subject, we prayed together.

    Religion in Earnest

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