blaze the/a trail

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blaze the/a trail

1. Literally, to create a trail by clearing trees and vegetation or simply by marking trees. Does anyone know who blazed the trail through these woods back in the 18th century?
2. By extension, to be the first to do something, often that which is later emulated or built upon by others. I hope that the rest of my family will move to the West Coast if I blaze the trail and relocate there first. The forefathers of medicine blazed a trail for today's doctors.
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blaze a trail

 
1. Lit. to make and mark a trail. The scout blazed a trail through the forest.
2. Fig. to do early or pioneering work that others will follow up on. Professor Williams blazed a trail in the study of physics.
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blaze a trail

Find a new path or method; begin a new undertaking. For example, His research blazed a trail for new kinds of gene therapy. This expression was first used literally in the 18th century for the practice of marking a forest trail by making blazes, that is, marking trees with notches or chips in the bark. [Late 1800s]
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blaze the trail

COMMON If someone blazes a trail or blazes the trail, they are the first person to do or discover something new and important, and this makes it easier for other people to do the same thing. With his first book Parker has blazed a new trail in American literature. The party is blazing the trail for the advancement of women in politics. Note: You can use trail-blazing to describe someone who does something new and important or to describe the thing that they do. Many companies are happy to follow in the shadow of a trail-blazing competitor. This trail-blazing study went into immense detail on the habits of pub-goers. Note: People or organizations who act like this can be called trail-blazers and what they do is called trail-blazing. They are trail-blazers who took on a man's world and made it theirs. Despite all his trail-blazing, he spent most of his life looking back to the works of Chaucer and Edmund Spenser. Note: New trails or routes through forests were often marked by `blazing', which involved making white marks called `blazes' on tree trunks, usually by chipping off a piece of bark.
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blaze a trail

be the first to do something and so set an example for others to follow.
Blaze in this sense comes ultimately from an Old Norse noun meaning ‘a white mark on a horse's face’. In its literal sense, blazing a trail refers to the practice of making white marks on trees by chipping off bits of their bark, thereby indicating your route to those who are following you.
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Ogboruche, who has such songs as Yes you are the Lord, Merciful God, You are God and Ezem amongst others to her credit, is set to blaze trail in Nigeria with forthcoming event.
Purple Thistle WE walk under Summer's last fiery blaze Trail defeated legs through the shabby days, But between ears of corn and sheafy frond Your purple crown has been proudly donned; Underpinned and guarded by spine and prickle To ward off careless suitors fickle, A star-struck globe, a violet star To tempt the thrumming bee from afar; What further witness need we bear To display the honour of the narrowing year?
The race's roster of seasoned participants also include 2013 Maui Half Marathon Age Group Champion Dimity Duke of Australia, 2013 XTERRA Boys Blaze Trail Run Champion Charlie Epperson of Guam, 2013 XTERRA South East Champion Dan Hugo of South Africa, and 2013 XTERRA Philippines third Placer Daz Parker of the United Kingdom.
ALARMED & DANGEROUS Hot Scot Andy shrugs off fire siren hassle to blaze trail into semis A FIRE ALARM and baking temperatures couldn't send Andy Murray into meltdown as he scorched through to the Western & Southern Open semi-finals in Cincinnati with a 6-3 6-3 win over Gilles Simon.
SIR - What a champion notion 'Expedition is set to blaze trail from Wales to Patagonia' as outlined in the Western Mail (January 21).
Bucek topped the 70.3 Challenge in Taiwan last year and placed second in the Yilan Olympic Distance Tri while Epperson won the Olympic-Distance Guam National Triathlon and XTERRA Boys Blaze Trail Run last year.
Blaze trail their visitors by just three points, and having played two games less, are confident they can overhaul the Scottish side.
Blaze trail the leaders by 10 points with six games in hand and Thompson said: "We have to take advantage of our home games.
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'Blaze trails and create beautiful disruptions to inspire a just and humane society,' she said, referring to her generation's standing up for the right on the days leading to the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos from power.
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