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new leaf

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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  • Good fer him, he said to himself warmly, the young chap has started to turn over a new leaf by gittin out early.

  • And you are all determined to turn over a new leaf this year.

    Dolly Reforming Herself Henry Arthur Jones
  • They say hes going it straight, and its rumored that a certain young lady has had a lot to do with his turning over a new leaf.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • I've been lazy and selfish; but I mean to turn over a new leaf.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • In my opinion, he's too old to turn over a new leaf—the way I meant.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole Arthur Scott Bailey
  • We're going to let bygones be bygones, and try and turn over a new leaf.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • The fields and swamps and salt meadows, rich in their spring glory of bud and new leaf, were tinged with the ruddy glow.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You ought to turn over a new leaf and keep away from the public-house.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • It's a new leaf—Bolivian with a Virginian blend, not on the market yet.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah

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