Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(start/begin) with a clean slate

start with a clean slatebegin with a clean slate
Meaning(s)
1) move on from previous constraints, begin again
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    • start a job/project/task with a clean slate
  • Analysis
    'A clean slate' is a new beginning or a new start where past decisions or issues are erased or forgotten. You might use this phrase in your personal relationships: "I know we have been having a tough time recently, but I think we should start with a clean slate." It can also be used in professional scenarios: "You know your work has not been as good as we expect. Please complete the training and begin your work again with a clean slate." This is a useful expression when you want to express that you won't hold mistakes from the past against someone. Used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. After successfully completing the project, the woman began her next task with a clean slate.
    2. Upon having his conviction overturned, the man could begin his life again with a clean slate.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We are starting next year off with a clean slate. Everyone's targets will reset in January.
    2. All of the debtors were paid, so the small business could start the next quarter with a clean slate. It was such a relief!
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