turn over a new leaf

turn over a new leaf
Fig. to begin again, fresh; to reform and begin again. (Fig. on turning to a fresh page. The leaf is a page—a fresh, clean page.) •

I have made a mess of my life. I'll turn over a new leaf and hope to do better.

Why don't you turn over a new leaf and surprise everyone with your good characteristics?

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{v. phr.} To start afresh; to have a new beginning. * /"Don't be sad, Jane," Sue said. "A divorce is not the end of the world. Just turn over a new leaf and you will soon be happy again."/ Compare: CLEAN SLATE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • turn over a new leaf — {v. phr.} To start afresh; to have a new beginning. * / Don t be sad, Jane, Sue said. A divorce is not the end of the world. Just turn over a new leaf and you will soon be happy again. / Compare: CLEAN SLATE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn over a new leaf — REFORM, improve, mend one s ways, make a fresh start, change for the better; informal go straight. → leaf * * * phrasal : to make a radical change especially for the better in one s way of living or doing turned over a new leaf at forty and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn over a new leaf — verb To engage in self improvement; to begin a good habit or shed a bad habit. Every year he resolves to turn over a new leaf and start exercising …   Wiktionary

  • turn over a new leaf — Synonyms and related words: accommodate, acculturate, adapt, adjust, advance, alter, ameliorate, amend, better, boost, break up, bring forward, change, civilize, convert, deform, denature, diversify, edify, educate, elevate, emend, enhance,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • turn over a New leaf — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. get better, change for the better, put the past behind one, make resolutions, make New Year s resolutions; see also improve 2 , reform 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • turn over a new leaf — phrasal to make a change for the better especially in one s way of living …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To turn over a new leaf — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To turn over a new leaf — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • new leaf — n. to turn over a new leaf ( to begin a new way of life ) * * * to turn over a new leaf ( to begin a new way of life ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • turn over — verb a) To flip over; to rotate top to bottom Turn over the box and look at the bottom. b) To relinquish; give back. They turned over the evidence to the authorities …   Wiktionary


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