A colloquial phrase used to denote a time in an individual's life where they have to dig deep in order to overcome tremendous personal adversity. Often used when someone's back is against the wall and they must believe in them self in order to beat the odds and come out on top.
This phrase is based on Australian pop sensation/feathered hair model, John Farnham's, inspirational title track to the 1986 hit BMX movie, Rad. The song itself is entitled "Break the Ice."
It's going to take a lot more than skill for Cru Jones to conquer Helltrack, the toughest BMX challenge in the world. He's going to have to really dig deep and believe in himself if he wants to break the ice.
When it seemed like the odds were stacked too high against him, John dug deep and broke the ice when he asked Kelly for her number right before last call.
Even though everyone in his life told him it couldn't be done, Todd believed in himself and broke the ice when he threw back his 12th shot of tequilla in one night.