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break the mold

Definition of break the mold

  1. 1 :  to do something in a completely new way <Voters are looking for a candidate who will break the mold and give them honest answers.>

  2. 2 informal —used to describe a very unusual or admired person <He was the greatest man I ever knew. They broke the mold when they made that guy.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    :  rupture

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

  1. :  crumbling soft friable earth suited to plant growth :  soil

    :  soil rich in humus — compare leaf mold

    :  the surface of the earth :  ground

  1. :  distinctive nature or character :  type

    :  the frame on or around which an object is constructed

    :  a cavity in which a substance is shaped: as

  1. :  to knead (dough) into a desired consistency or shape

    :  to give shape to

    :  to form in a mold

  1. :  a superficial often woolly growth produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus (as of the order Mucorales)

    :  a fungus that produces mold

  1. :  to become moldy

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different from the usual or normal

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