clean slate

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - clean slate

"clean slate"

a new beginning, usually achieved by removing any record of previous bad deeds or debts


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - clean slate

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The environment around the office has become toxic. Everyone talking about everyone else's mistakes. Everyone blaming the boss for everything that has gone wrong. Everyone mistrustful of everyone else.

Colleague 2:  Something needs to be done or the company will die.

Colleague 1:  I suppose management could just fire everyone and then start with a clean slate.

Colleague 2:  Or everyone could just decide to move forward by forgiving everyone else for the wrongs they think were done to them.

Colleague 1:  I like that idea. Just wipe the slate clean, get over all the petty grievances and get on with it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - clean slate

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am going to have to declare personal bankruptcy. I am so far in debt that I will never get out of it.

Friend 2:  That will kill your credit rating. And won't you be embarrassed?

Friend 1:  I don't care about any of that. I just need a clean slate so that I can get my life on track. I can slowly start to re-build my credit rating.

clean slate - Usage:


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clean slate - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for clean slate.

clean slate - Examples:

1)  ... to think that because we're "starting again" that it is a clean slate to move forward from. Nope. You know each other and have a history ...

2)  When we come into the world we arrive with a clean slate as far as our relationships with others are concerned.

3)  I actually think the coming collapse is a chance to start over with a clean slate if we can prevent a totalitarian state rising up to fill the void.

4)  ... because they are confined by their existing business. We believe it requires a clean slate and fresh thinking, to solve this problem.

5)  ... criminal, financial, will be destroyed, so there's be a clean slate. But who would benefit most?

6)  It's great to have a brand new opportunity, a clean slate, essentially, to make my mark.

7)  If we go off the cliff, don't expect a clean slate, though, as the nation would still have a significant budget deficit equal to ...

8)  ... needs a clean slate to start over with as it heads into the future. 

9)  ... work for a temporary agency in any job at first and build up a clean slate of references and then perhaps move to another town if yours is really small, ...

10)  And so you should be able to start afresh again. Get a clean slate. Pay what you can and start again.

11)  ... both people leave the past crap in the past, and give each other a clean slate?

12)  ... today's setting is corrupt and needs to be wiped out and start with a clean slate.

13)  ... who emerges unburdened by debt and able to rebuild a financial history from a clean slate.

14)  ... name and concept will be retired. The new owners are starting with a clean slate, ...

15)  If every day we woke up and thought we started with a clean slate, what would we do?

16)  There are certainly cases where escaping an unhealthy environment in favor of a "clean slate" is desirable.

17)  This is also the day when we are asked to arrive with a clean slate, having asked the forgiveness of all those we might have hurt during the past.

18)  Maybe, we should start with a clean slate. Forget the past and only write about the actions of this congress without giving ...

19)  Which also is intoxicating and riveting, really doing a clean slate and being a whole new person.

20)  He asked me for a clean slate and that he truly has regretted his actions.