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The meaning and origin of the expression: New kid on the block

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'New kid on the block'?

A new arrival in an area or in a group of young friends.

What's the origin of the phrase 'New kid on the block'?

Unsurprisingly, this phrase is of US origin. It is first seen there in the 1940s. The earliest citation I can find is in this 'Skippy' cartoon, by Percy Crosby, from The Lowell Sun And new kid on the blockCitizen-Leader, December 1941.

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