blaze a trail

Find a new path or method; begin a new undertaking. For example, His research blazed a trail for new kinds of gene therapy. This expression was first used literally in the 18th century for the practice of marking a forest trail by making blazes, that is, marking trees with notches or chips in the bark. [Late 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. blaxican,
  2. blaxploitation,
  3. blaydon,
  4. blazar,
  5. blaze,
  6. blaze orange,
  7. blazer,
  8. blazes,
  9. blazing,
  10. blazing star

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