break the ice

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break the ice definition


  1. tv.
    to be the first one to do something. : No one wants to break the ice. I guess I will be first.
  2. tv.
    to attempt to become friends with someone. : A nice smile does a lot to break the ice.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Slang Dictionary

ice definition


  1. n.
    diamonds; jewels. (Underworld.) : That old dame has tons of ice in her hotel room.
  2. n.
    cocaine; crystalline cocaine. (Drugs.) : Max deals mostly in ice but can get you almost anything.
  3. tv.
    to kill someone; to kill an informer. (Underworld. See also chill.) : Mr. Big ordered Sam to ice you-know-who.
  4. tv.
    to ignore someone. (Underworld. See also chill.) : Bart iced Sam for obvious reasons.
  5. tv.
    to embarrass someone; to make someone look foolish. : Don't ice me in front of my friends.
  6. n.
    money given as a bribe, especially to the police. (Underworld.) : A lot of those cops take ice.
  7. mod.
    excellent; very cool. : Her answer was ice, and she really put down that guy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

break the ice

  1. Make a start, pave the way, as in Newton's theories broke the ice for modern physics. This idiom alludes to breaking ice in a channel so that a ship can pass. [Early 1600s] Also see break ground.

  2. Relax a tense or very formal situation, as in Someone at the conference table will have to break the ice. [Early 1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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