to turn over a new leaf

Idiom Definition

"to turn over a new leaf"

to completely change your behavior or attitude in order to be better than you were;

to reform and begin again

Idiom Definition - to turn over a new leaf


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to turn over a new leaf

George has been hitting the bottle pretty hard lately.  He is not doing well at work.  His attitude has become negative.  George does not exercise.  Perhaps it is time for George to...

turn over a new leaf.

George needs to reform.  If he goes on the wagon, improves his performance at work, adopts a positive attitude and begins to exercise, George will have turned over a new leaf.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to turn over a new leaf

Johnny is a 14 year old teenage boy.  His room is a mess.   His grades in school are terrible.  He talks rudely to his parents and teachers.  He never does any work around the house.  Johnny plays a lot of video games.  Johnny needs to...

turn over a new leaf.

Johnny needs to clean his room, study more, improve his attitude towards his parents and teachers, help more around the house and reduce his video playing in order to make a new beginning with his lifestyle.

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Turning over a new leaf is usually a very positive experience.

to turn over a new leaf - Examples:

1)  I wasn't trying to turn over a new leaf, or purge my toxins or realign chakras or anything along like that.

2)  I'm hoping to turn over a new leaf with the help of these challenges. So far so good.

3)  Bhutto indicated quite clearly that he wanted to " turn over a new leaf' in his relation with the US.

4)  Earlier this year, I really wanted to turn over a new leaf. I was determined to kick this bad habit of mine.

5)  Macdonald had reason to try to turn over a new leaf. He did: he joined the Church of England on 2 March.

6)  Has he been promising to turn over a new leaf when he knows he doesn't mean it?

7)  I hope that his departure will allow the agency to turn over a new leaf and finally begin to do the important contracting oversight work we so desperately need.

8)  It is possible for nations to turn over a new leaf after such atrocities and be accepted afresh by their neighbours.

9)  He has since decided to turn over a new leaf when his record label gave him another chance. 

10)  New figures show that most drivers who get penalty points turn over a new leaf to avoid more points, hefty fines and higher insurance premiums.

11)  Today's Horoscope for Leo. It's time to turn over a new leaf, especially where home and family are concerned.

12)  What is the one step that India must undertake to turn over a new leaf?

13)  Maybe he will really turn over a new leaf this time.

14)  He promised to return the money to Richard and turn over a new leaf.

15)  It is never too late to turn over a new leaf.

16)  Converting to the Witness religion was his way of turning over a new leaf.

17)  She's even been babysitting... maybe she really is turning over a new leaf!

18)  Today I'm turning over a new leaf -- to acknowledge and be satisfied with what I am doing and what I do.

19)  I'm even writing the obligatory "turning over a new leaf" blog post.

20)  I wasn't just turning over a new leaf, but something was happening deep inside of me.