Definition of break the mold in US English:

break the mold


  • Put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

    ‘his work did much to break the mold of the old urban sociology’
    • ‘‘If there's a pattern that exists, we're going to break the mold,’ he says.’
    • ‘His response, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, was a series of pieces that broke the mould of the serialism that was then the lingua franca of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘Cookery shows broke the mould (quite literally in some cases) with lively young chefs revealing the cherished tricks of their trade and provoking thousands of us to be more adventurous with our groceries.’
    • ‘It is about being willing to take a few risks, having the courage to break the mould and not just blindly following a set pattern in your life.’
    • ‘And what Irish woman will ever forget Mary Robinson's history making triumph in 1990, when she broke the mould by becoming the first woman to be elected President of Ireland?’
    • ‘Linda Hartell-Payne, owner of the Dalesman Café said the Cumbrian contractors completely broke the mould of what people have come to think about British workmanship.’
    • ‘What it boils down to I am afraid is that everybody is too busy looking out for themselves and is too scared to break the mould of what society has defined as acceptable behaviour for its members.’
    • ‘Prior to 2000, when Limerick broke the mould by beating Waterford in the final to win their one and only title, Kerry and Cork have divided the spoils between them since the championship began in 1962.’
    • ‘‘She broke the mould,’ says a Sinn Fein spokesman, ‘of past British secretaries of state, who tended to be quite distant.’’
    • ‘He was probably the father figure of British comedy in the latter part of the last century and he truly broke the mould.’
    • ‘Rob Thomas' late, lamented Cupid broke the mold for cinematic TV shows that don't fit into the prescribed categories of one-hour dramas or half-hour sitcoms.’
    • ‘I broke the mould and moved out to an office,’ Mr Turner told the Herald.’
    • ‘Of course, Sean Lineen, Boroughmuir's co-coach and a New Zealander, broke the mould, while others such as Howarth, Ben Fisher and James Reilly have proved astute acquisitions.’
    • ‘SIX young students successfully broke the mould of generations within their families by becoming the very first to participate in a State examination.’
    • ‘Last week, however, the mother-of-two broke the mould by walking away from the English Court of Appeal with £10m, or half her former husband Harry's fortune.’
    • ‘Bryant says there is a tendency among producers to look for work that resembles past successes, yet in the US shows such as Rent became hits because they broke the mould.’
    • ‘In 1993 we broke the mould by becoming the first club from this area in 68 years to win the Scottish Junior Cup.’
    • ‘In fact, judging by the ardour of the enthused throng, the diversity of Friday night's performance broke the mould as it existed to this reviewer and many others.’
    • ‘Would someone attempt to break the mold and introduce a different element?’
    • ‘Big Sandy and his band certainly broke the mould with last year's Night Tides - an unexpectedly dark album layered with bewitching instrumentation and haunting lyrics.’