warmer-upper

warm′er-up′per



n. Informal.
1. something that provides one with invigorating warmth.
2. something that serves to warm up an audience or group of participants before a main event.
[1940–45]
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I started with a stock question, a warmer-upper, designed to get the subject talking, asking if he has any local connections that might prove interesting.
Sales' ferverino (as the Romans call an ecclesiastical warmer-upper) was followed by two long reports, one on the preparations for the synod delivered by its secretary general, Cardinal Jan P.