to break the ice 就是见到陌生人时主动开口和对方攀谈，打破彼此生疏的僵局。
- She said, “Here‘s a game that‘s guaranteed to break the ice at parties”.
- The room was silent, so he told a joke to break the ice.
- Sometimes it‘s very difficult to break the ice with our new students because they are so shy.
值得注意的是，如果你put something on ice，就是说你暂时把某事搁置一下，暂时“雪藏”，不立即进行处理。
- We decided to put the project on ice for a while and concentrate on doing other things.