Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

icebreaker

icebreakerbreak the ice
Meaning(s)
1) something said or done to make it easier for people who have never met before to interact
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • a useful icebreaker to help ease tension/make people relax
  • Analysis

    An 'icebreaker' is an activity or a game with the goal of introducing people to one another who haven't met before or getting a new group of people who don't know each other to become prepared to work together on a common goal.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It's always useful to have a few icebreakers on hand when you're hosting a party. Jack's personal favourite are board games.
    2. When working with new groups of students it can be useful to have an icebreaker activity so people can get to know each other a little bit.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Carol started her presentation with a joke in order to break the ice. Everyone laughed and it created a far more relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the room.
    2. When the boss puts a new team together to take on a project, he always gets them to do some kind of team building activity. It's a great icebreaker.
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