a/the new kid on the block
the new kid on the block
A new arrival in a place, group, or organization. We moved around the country a lot when I was growing up, so I was always the new kid on the block in school. Even though she's been making movies for years, the director still feels like the new kid on the block when it comes to major Hollywood productions.
new kid on the block
1. Lit. a child who has just moved to a certain neighborhood. The new kid on the block turned out to be a really good baseball player.
2. Fig. the newest person in a group. I'm just the new kid on the block. I've only been working here for a month.
a new kid on the block
1. If someone is a new kid on the block, they are a new member of a group or have just come to a new place. I am the new kid on the block and I shall have to fight for my place in the first team like everyone else.
2. If something is a new kid on the block, it is new and has not been used much yet. At that time, email was still a new kid on the block.
a new kid on the blocka newcomer to a particular place or sphere of activity. informal
This phrase was originally American: the block referred to is a block of buildings between streets.
1998 Times Andrew Flintoff has displaced Ben Hollioake as the new kid on the block.