break the mold

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of break the mold

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.

Word by Word Definitions

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap

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

  2. : the surface of the earth : ground

  3. : the earth of the burying ground

  1. : distinctive nature or character : type

  2. : the frame on or around which an object is constructed

  3. : a cavity in which a substance is shaped: such as

  1. : to knead or work (a material, such as dough or clay) into a desired consistency or shape

  2. : to give shape to

  3. : 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)

  2. : a fungus that produces mold

  1. : to become moldy


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