Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

break the (mold/mould)

break the moldbreak the mould
1) be special or unique, or do something in a completely new or different way
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    • a new approach to something which breaks the mold/mould
  • Analysis
     This expression means to do something completely different from what has been done before, or from what is usually done. If you 'break the mold/mould' you change a situation completely and defy convention. It can also be used to refer to a special or unique person. For those reasons, the term is usually used in a positive sense to describe something or someone innovative, daring, and forward-thinking. Both spellings are acceptable, and it can be used in either a social or professional context.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. They broke the mold when they made Jack. I've never met anybody like him!
    2. The actor doesn't take any part offered to him. He only looks for mould-breaking roles.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The company broke the mold with their unconventional approach to customer service. Many other companies have now adopted their method.
    2. Catherine has become the first female partner in the Law firm's history. She's a real mould-breaker.
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