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maiden voyage

1. The first time a vehicle, especially a boat or ship, departs on a journey. My parents bought my a car for my birthday! I can't wait to take it out on its maiden voyage. The Queen attended the maiden voyage of the new Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier.
2. By extension, the first time one experiences or goes through something. This is the quarterback's maiden voyage in the Super Bowl.
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maiden voyage

Fig. the first voyage of a ship or boat. The liner sank on its maiden voyage. Jim is taking his yacht on its maiden voyage.
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maiden voyage

The first experience, as in This tennis tournament is my maiden voyage in statewide competition. This term, originally meaning the first voyage of a ship, was first recorded in 1901, but the use of maiden to signify "the first time" dates from the mid-1500s.
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One ship's hotel manager told us maiden voyages draw inaugural junkies for oddball reasons--such as those who simply love to sleep on spanking new bed sheets or dine on dinnerware no one has touched before.
The Aquitania on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York in 1914
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She was the Chessington and she made Thames history when she passed under 17 bridges across the river during her maiden voyage from the Tyne, carrying 2,500 tons of coal.
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It aims to move beyond re-telling the tale of that fateful maiden voyage in 1912, and unravel some previously untold, more unusual strands of the story.