Idiom: turn over a new leaf

To turn over a new leaf is to make a fresh start; to start a new phase in your life.

Someone who turns over a new leaf becomes a better person, or starts a healthier way of life etc.


Examples of use:

1. She’s turned over a new leaf since she left prison.

2. Many people turn over a new leaf on New Year’s Eve and start to exercise and eat a healthy diet.

3. He promised to turn over a new leaf and stop telling lies to his parents.

4. I’ve turned over a new leaf: I’ve given up cigarettes and alcohol.

5. She used to be a horrible woman until she turned over a new leaf. Now she’s kind and thoughtful, and everybody likes her.


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