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 Ic’aros.Ice-blink (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ice (1 syl.).
 
To break the ice. To broach a disagreeable subject; to open the way. In allusion to breaking ice for bathers. (Latin, scin’dere glaciem; Italian, romper il giaocio.) (Anglo-Saxon, is.)   1
       
“[We] An’ if you break the ice, and do this feat … .
Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.”
       
Shakespeare: Taming of the Shreu, i. 2.
 


 Ic’aros.Ice-blink (The). 

 
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