blaze a trail

idiom

1
: to show a trail with marks on trees
We followed a trail that others had blazed.
2
: to be the first one to do something and to show others how to do it
The company blazed a trail with the first small computers.
She blazed a trail for other women in politics.

Examples of blaze a trail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, in the twentieth century, the Soviet Union claimed a different sort of special destiny as the first country to blaze a trail toward the bright communist future—a claim that faded with the fall of communism. Iver B. Neumann, Foreign Affairs, 3 Feb. 2017 Nemo's victory would blaze a trail for others who had had to cope with prejudice against non-binary people, said Nater. Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 Ras and Kathy Vaughan wanted to blaze a trail — sort of. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The group emerged from the vibrant New York underground rock scene of the early 1980s and went on to blaze a trail of independence and innovation throughout the rock world, even after signing to major label Geffen Records in 1990. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 13 Nov. 2023 Uy, who joined the UMass Lowell faculty in 2011, already has helped blaze a trail for Southeast Asian educators as the first Lao refugee to be granted tenure as a professor of education in the nation, and the first to earn an education doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 At first, Dickinson was proud to blaze a trail for women on television. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2023 May everyone who reads this, blaze a trail for their family to be able to walk in the future. Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2022 This fall and winter Slow Burn will blaze a trail through the Bay Area, back down the coast to pop-ups in Los Olivos, Lompoc and New Cuyama, then to a series of cities in Canada. Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2022

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