they broke the mould when they made someone

they broke the mold when they made (someone or something)

Someone or something is absolutely unique; no one or nothing else is comparable. They broke the mold when they made Gina. I've never seen a more talented programmer in my life. They broke the mold when they made that car. What a classic!
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they broke the mould when they made someone

If you say that they broke the mould when they made someone, you mean that person is very special, and that there is nobody else like them. Note: The `mould' in these expressions is a container that is used to make something into a particular shape. Soft or liquid substances are put into the mould, and when they harden they form objects with the shape or pattern of the mould. In a tribute, his wife Nancy said: `I think they broke the mould when they made Ronnie.'
See also: broke, made, mould, someone
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