Idiom of the Week: Turn Over a New Leaf

Meaning: To change your behavior for the better.


That’s it – I’m quitting smoking! I’m turning over a new leaf!

A lot of people try to turn over a new leaf when the New Year begins.

She decided to turn over a new leaf and start studying harder.

Pop Quiz:

You might be turning over a new leaf if you…

A.  start exercising more regularly.

B.  totally stop exercising.

C.  continue exercising the same amount you usually do.

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The correct answer is A. Exercise is good for you, and if you start exercising more regularly, that means you maybe exercise a couple times a week rather than once a month – which is a textbook example of turning over a new leaf. Now go out there and start turning over those new leaves!

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6 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Turn Over a New Leaf

  1. I knew some older adults before they died ,they turning over their new leaves . (became good or bad ).

  2. Sorry ! I misunderstand this idiom. Let me type another comment.

    If you cut down the red meat. your health will turning over you new leaf.

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