turn over a new leaf

turn over a new leaf
REFORM, improve, mend one's ways, make a fresh start, change for the better; informal go straight.
leaf

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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 became a pillar of the church

also : to promise or attempt such a change

forever involved in scandals … and forever turning over a new leaf — Jean Stafford

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turn over a new leaf
To begin a new and better course of conduct
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Main Entry:leaf

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turn over a new leaf phrase
to change your life by starting to be a better person or stopping a bad habit

He says he’s turned over a new leaf, but I have my doubts.

Thesaurus: to change your opinion, attitudes or behavioursynonym
Main entry: leaf

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I
see turn
II
start to act or behave in a better or more responsible way

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turn over a new leaf
: to start behaving or living in a different and better way

I decided to turn over a new leaf and stop worrying so much.

The program helps drug addicts to turn over a new leaf when they get out of jail.

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Main Entry:leaf
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turn over a new leaf — see leaf, 1
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Main Entry:new

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turn over a new ˈleaf idiom
to change your way of life to become a better, more responsible person
Main entry:newidiom

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  • turn over a new leaf — ► turn over a new leaf start to act or behave in a better way. Main Entry: ↑leaf …   English terms dictionary

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  • turn over a new leaf —    If a person turns over a new leaf, they decide to change their behaviour and lead a better life.     When Ted left prison, he was determined to turn over a new leaf …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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 — how many released prisoners actually turn over a new leaf? Syn: reform, improve, mend one s ways, make a fresh start, change for the better; informal go straight …   Thesaurus of popular words

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  • turn over a new leaf — to start behaving in a better way. Apparently he s turned over a new leaf and he s not drinking any more …   New idioms dictionary

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