California and a clean slate beckons to quite a few characters, including Ted, Pete, and Megan.
A bearded Obama would show the world that everyone will start with a clean slate, if not a clean lip.
As the man was another new arrival in the city, the clean slate meant little.
But it needs a star—and a clean slate, says David Freedlander.
With the New Moon in Taurus, Tuesday, you have a clean slate to fill with fresh projects and friendships.
We are going to start the world afresh with a clean slate, and leave the past behind.
If he could get a clean slate by a week from Monday, say, he might still be of some use to the team.
Make a clean slate of yer own heart—wipe out everything ye've got against that poor child.
"You see, hon, I want to have a clean slate," he went on rather lamely.
They expected him to take all the responsibility and give them a clean slate!
mid-14c., from Old French esclate, fem. of esclat "split piece, splinter" (Modern French éclat; see slat), so called because the rock splits easily into thin plates. As an adjective, 1510s. As a color, first recorded 1813. Sense of "a writing tablet" (made of slate), first recorded late 14c., led to that of "list of preliminary candidates prepared by party managers," first recorded 1842, from notion of being easily altered or erased. Clean slate (1856) is an image from customer accounts chalked up in a tavern.
1520s, "to cover with slates" (earlier sclatten, late 15c.), from slate (n.). Meaning "propose, schedule" is from 1883; earlier "to nominate" (1804); the notion is of writing on a slate board. Related: Slated; slating.
A new start; especially to make a new start by clearing the record. This phrase comes from the use of chalk and slates in classrooms in the past. By wiping the slate clean, a student could remove any evidence of a mistake.