Turn over a new leaf
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Turn over a new leaf


To ‘Turn over a new leaf’ means to start over, to act in a different manner or change your attitude about something.

Example of use: “After years of drifting from job to job, Danny turned over a new leaf and got himself a steady gig.”

Interesting fact

Way back in the 16th century, pages in books were referred to as leaves. So tuning over a new leaf meant that one was turning to a blank page. This idiom was used to signify a major change in behavior, or a new stage in life.