When someone turns over a new leaf (or turns a new leaf) they change their life by becoming a better person or by stopping bad habits.
‘Leaf’ in this idiom refers to a page in a book, so you turn the page to a new page i.e. a new phase in your life.
Examples of use:
1. I’m going to turn over a new leaf and practise my English every day in 2013!
2. She’s turned over a new leaf since she left prison.
3. Many people turn over a new leaf on New Year’s Eve and stop smoking cigarettes.
4. Is this new diet a sign that you are turning over a new leaf and getting healthier and fitter?
5. He promised to turn over a new leaf and stop telling lies to his parents.
Have you turned over a new leaf?
Will you be turning over a new leaf for the new year?
A New Year’s resolution is a promise to change your life for the better in some way. For example, some people decide to stop smoking, or to read more books, or get fitter, or start a new hobby or learn a new language, or to visit their family and friends more often.
Do you make New Year resolutions?
Have you made any for this year?
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