break the ice
approach, blaze the trail, break ground, clear the way, court, create, cultivate, cultivate the soil, go in advance, head, head up, initiate, invent, lay the foundation, lay the groundwork, lead, lead off, lead the way, make advances, make up to, open the way, originate, pave the way, pay addresses to, pay court to, pioneer, play up to, precede, prepare the way, run after, shine up to, sow the seed, stand first, suck up to, take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge
break the ice
begin, start, commence, conceive, open, dawn, set in, take its rise, enter upon, enter, set out, embark in, incept, initiate, launch, inaugurate, inchoate, rise, arise, originate, usher in, lead off, lead the way, take the lead, take the initiative, head, stand at the head, stand first, stand for, lay the foundations, found, set up, set on foot, agoing, set abroach, set the ball in motion, apply the match to a train, broach, open up, open the door to, get underway, set about, get to work, set to work, set to, make a beginning, make a start, handsel, take the first step, lay the first stone, cut the first turf, break ground, break the ice
, break cover, pass the Rubicon, cross the Rubicon, open fire, open the ball, ventilate, air, undertake, come into existence, come into the world, make one's debut, take birth, burst forth, break out, spring up, spring forth, crop up, pop up, appear, materialize, begin at the beginning, begin ab ovo, begin again, begin de novo, start afresh, make a fresh start, take it from the top, shuffle the cards, reshuffle the cards, resume, recommence.