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Break the Ice (To)

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To prepare the way; to cause the stiffness and reserve of intercourse with a stranger to relax; to impart to another bit by bit distressing news or a delicate subject.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bread-basket (One’s)
Bread and Cheese
Break (To)
Break Cover (To)
Break Down (To)
Break Faith (To)
Break Ground (To)
Break In (To)
Break of Day
Break the Ice (To)
Break your Back (To)
Break up Housekeeping (To)
Break with One (To)
Breakers Ahead
Breaking a Stick
Breast
Breath
Breathe
Brèche de Roland
Breeches