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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Common Expressions and their Origins, No. 10: Break the Ice
Meaning: To commence a project or initiate a friendship
the days of trains or cars, port cities that thrived on trade suffered during
the winter because frozen rivers prevented commercial ships from entering the
city. Small ships known as “icebreakers” would rescue the icebound ships by
breaking the ice and creating a path for them to follow. Before any type of
business arrangement today, it is now customary “break the ice” before
beginning a project.