break the mold

idiom

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
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.

Examples of break the mold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By refusing to let conventional restrictions box him in, Wilson has helped to break the mold of what the modern sports star can be. Okla Jones, Essence, 10 Apr. 2024 But for Perkins, Black Barbie was the mold to break the mold. Elise Preston, CBS News, 22 Feb. 2024 Amidst an oversaturated market of celebrity endorsements and collaborations, Minaj’s ventures continue to break the mold, proving that her Midas touch remains unmatched and irresistibly exciting to consumers. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The idea, Cui said, is to break the mold of drug design, building new molecules from scratch that could be less susceptible to cancer cells developing resistance. Damian Garde Reprints, STAT, 29 Feb. 2024 Epic’s ultimate success in this metaverse arms race with other platforms such as Roblox and Minecraft may well depend on whether Disney’s lineup of beloved characters and millions of fans across the world can break the mold. Matt Craig, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Hey, break the mold, if not the rules, and go for the eye-poppers, which are also easier to spot in a crowd. Judi Dash, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Brown was drawn to the role by writer-director Cord Jefferson’s script and burgeoning reputation, and by the chance to act with Wright — but mostly by the chance to break the mold yet again. Stuart Miller, Variety, 4 Jan. 2024 Its sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, didn’t break the mold. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023

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“Break the mold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/break%20the%20mold. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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