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clean slate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clean slate an opportunity to start over without prejudice
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Idioms

Clean slate - If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.
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Usage

In literature:

The contents of the crucible are turned out when sufficiently cool on to a clean brick or bit of slate.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
She would act immediately after Christmas, beginning the New Year with a clean slate.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
He used the wooden fire shovel for a slate, shaving it off clean when both sides were full of figures.
"The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln" by Wayne Whipple
But we may as well clean the slate between us two.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
We are going to start the world afresh with a clean slate, and leave the past behind.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Let's start with a clean slate, before we lose the chance.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
If Bob had not wiped the slate clean he had made a start in that direction.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
We'll wipe the slate clean.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
So far as I'm concerned, that cleans the slate.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Now clean the slate, and do some dictation.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He begins with a clean slate; he has no local connections that bind him to any one spot.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Now, though, he is going to begin on a clean slate.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
It is the psychology of wiping the slate clean for a fresh start.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
The baptized Christian started with a clean slate, but what would happen to him if he lapsed again into sin?
"Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity" by Kirsopp Lake
Durham was determined to begin with a clean slate.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
An immense sponge had passed over the slate of the past and wiped it clean beyond recall.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
After that it seemed as though the slate had been wiped clean.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
I wrote to Reynolds that everybody had been blown sky high, and that the slate was clean.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
All the same, though, I go out of them with a clean slate, and that's all I cared about.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Both departments give Lieutenant Wilson a clean slate.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
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In news:

It's all part of the Montgomery Public Schools restructuring process, to start a clean slate and improve the school.
A clean slate would keep TARP money away from bad banks.
Before Friday's game, there was a bit of tension in the air, with both teams beginning a new season with a clean slate and coming in ready make a statement.
Nelson Figueroa relished the chance at a clean slate.
We look at our date as a clean slate.
We clean a bar and a restaurant with two-year-old unsealed slate floors that get pretty dirty.
Tunisia's old guard continues to wither as protesters demand clean slate.
Sacramento's new City Council takes office this evening with a great opportunity to start with a clean – or at least cleaner – slate.
I start this holiday-decorating season with an almost-clean slate.
With the end of the semester fast approaching, I'm about to switch out my nearly-empty "To-Do" notepad for a clean slate.
A clean slate Clichés, on the other hand, rely on overly familiar language, whether figurative or literal.
The Maryland basketball team practiced twice Sunday, with Coach Mark Turgeon and his staff telling the Terrapins to wipe the slate clean, to use Friday's season-opening loss to Kentucky as motivation moving forward.
A secret Santa wpied a $30k slate clean for some Central Ohioans who are struggling this holiday season.
It's been a long offseason, but you're finally back and ready to start the season with a clean slate.
Ben Giovine, Loreen Torrone and Alex Pavliv, were elected as the "Clean Slate" team.
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