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the new kid on the block

This page is about the idiom the new kid on the block

American English INFORMAL


If you are the new kid on the block, you are the newest person in a workplace or in an educational institute, or any other place or organization.

For example

  • Have you met Brigette? She's the new kid on the block - just started working here today.

  • Paula hates being the new kid on the block. She finds meeting lots of new people stressful, and she gets nervous when she thinks that everyone is looking at her and trying to decide if they like her.


This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Dwayne is the new kid on the block. He

a. has just started working here

b. is going to get a promotion

c. is about to lose his job

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