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    To do a thing that one has never done before.

    I'm looking for a phrasal verb, idiom etc that means the same as 'doing a thing that one has never done before'. To break (new) ground is an idiom that comes to my mind, but I'm not sure if it's correct to say: "He broke new ground...".
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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    to break new ground - it sounds ok.

    Example:
    He was breaking new ground in acting.
    Dr. Smith broke new ground in cancer studies.

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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    to pioneer something, to trail-blaze, to be avant-garde (to do with arts)

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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    I'm looking for a phrasal verb, idiom etc that means the same as 'doing a thing that one has never done before'. To break (new) ground is an idiom that comes to my mind, but I'm not sure if it's correct to say: "He broke new ground...".
    The options you've received so far are only good if your meaning is 'doing a thing that no one has done before'. They don't work if it's only you who has never done it before.

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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    A common phrase for something you haven't done or experienced before is "a first for me".

    "I've had a lot of strange food but the giant snails I ate today were a first for me".
    "This nasty, selfish character is a first for me, I usually play nice guys".
    "This is a first for me, to get such praise for my work, I'm not sure how to respond".

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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    Various analogies to losing one's virginity can be used, in certain company.

    "Before today I was a sky-diving virgin."

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    Re: To do a thing that one has never done before.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Maybe a phrase that is currently very popular in the United States of America:

    to think outside the box.

    (2) For example, if a company is having trouble getting customers, the chief
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    executive might ask his employees "to think outside the box" when trying to

    get new customers.

    (a) The usual ways ( discounts/ newspaper advertisements/ pretty

    girls in TV commercials) may not be working.

    (i) "To think outside the box" is to think of something really new. Something

    that no one else has thought of before.

    (3) Here is a humorous example that I once read. I cannot give credit, for I forget where

    I read it. It seems that X always came down the stairs on his head. Of course, it

    hurt X to come down the stairs on his head. Then one day someone thought outside

    the box and said, "Hey! I have an idea. Why don't you come down the stairs on

    your feet?" Now X has no problems when he walks down the stairs: he uses his

    feet instead of his head.

    (4) Nations and individuals always have problems. If we could only think outside the

    box, maybe we could solve some of our problems. I guess Steve Jobs was famous for

    thinking outside the box.

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