• To turn over a new leaf means to begin again, fresh.

  • To start behaving in a better way.

  • Make a change in one’s conduct or attitude.

1. Why don’t you turn over a new leaf and show everyone that you can behave appropriately.


2. It’s time to turn over a new leaf and stop eating all this junk food.


3. Surprisingly, he’s turned over a new leaf and quit smoking!


4. This spring, I plan to turn over a new leaf and start to workout and eat healthy.

amend, change one’s ways, clean up, clean up one’s act, improve, rebuild, rehabilitate, remake, renovate, reorganise, repair, resolve, restore, revise, revolutionise, shape up, standardise, swear off, transform

Do more harm than good

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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