break the mould

break the mold

To do something in a new way. She really broke the mold with her innovative approach to this notification system—several companies have since adopted her method.
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break the mould

COMMON If someone or something breaks the mould, they completely change the way something has traditionally been done, and do it in a new way. 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. His ambition is to create a third party and break the mould of US two-party politics. Together, these alternative, left-wing comics broke the British comedy mould in the late Seventies. Note: The verbs shatter and crack are sometimes used instead of break. These people shattered the mould of South African politics. Note: You can use mould-breaking to describe someone or something that completely changes the way something has traditionally been done. Later that year, he launched a mould-breaking wine business. Note: You can use mould-breaker to describe someone who has done something in a completely new way or something that has been done in a completely new way. As the first female partner in one of Scotland's top 10 legal firms, she was something of a mould-breaker in the legal world. The lifestyle magazine he launched in 1994 was a mould-breaker and a commercial success.
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break the mould

put an end to a pattern of events or behaviour, especially one that has become rigid and restrictive, by doing things in a markedly different way.
Originally this phrase referred to casting artefacts in moulds: destroying a mould ensured that no further identical examples could be produced. The expression became a catchphrase in Britain in the early 1980s with the foundation of the Social Democratic Party. Its founders promoted the party as breaking the ‘out-of-date mould’ of British politics, a phrase used by Roy Jenkins in a speech in 1980 .
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break the ˈmould (of something)

(British English) (American English break the ˈmold (of something)) change what people expect from a situation, especially by acting in a dramatic and original way: After a string of defeats, he finally broke the mould by getting through to the semi-finals of a major competition.
A mould/mold is a container that you pour a liquid or soft substance into, which then becomes solid in the same shape as the container.
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"NMiTE will firmly break the mould of engineering higher education," says Professor Martin Gillie, who left the University of Warwick in February to become NMiTE's provost and chief academic officer.
STEVE Borthwick insists England must "break the mould" technically and mentally if they are to make an impact on next month's tour to South Africa.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary festival to promote his autobiography, Tony said: "I suspect if we did something it would have to be something that wasn't a six-part series, something that would break the mould."
Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is to launch an Arab satellite news channel on February 1, vowing to "break the mould" in a crowded field.
With a 17-inch touchscreen, solid safety record in the US, and an acceleration of 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, it's a car that claims to break the mould.
Under the watchful eye of a Joyville conductor, visitors joined the 'Jelly Orchestra', were transformed into a kangaroo in 'Cookie Crusher' and played the 'Break the Mould' game.
TEAM BEDWAS CROSS KEYS 11 26 GWENT derbies are traditionally forward battles and this game didn't break the mould. But what separated the two sides was their game management, with Cross Keys having the upper hand in that aspect, writes Peter Hughes.
Good on you for trying to break the mould and not dress in typical dowdy OAP fashion, and if I have those legs when I'm your age I'll be thanking my lucky stars.
Jonathan now plans to break the mould by not selling 1085 Snowdon''s Lager through supermarket chains.
And the Caley Thistle boss believes Scotland's most northerly top-flight club is poised to break the mould by tapping into a huge talent pool.
trying to break the mould: instead of being labelled as a naughty gnome who has to learn 'Creative Badness' she wants to be a good fairy who does sweet deeds.
SPORTING have not failed to notice the dearth of tries in the Guinness Premiership and prices have been pushed so low that the strategy must be to wait for a game that will break the mould and buy, writes Graham Woods.
Summary: Campaigners are calling for Royal Mail to break the mould and start a bank.
He created Poundbury, an urban extension to nearby Dorchester built on Duchy of Cornwall land, to break the mould of post-Second World War development.
"If we can develop a group of players coming through together, who is to say you cannot break the mould...