To majority of people, a new year means a new beginning; an opportunity to start over; a time to reignite your spirit. And that’s why our session today is #IOTW Idioms for New Year! WOO HOO!
Let’s just get it started then!
- To go back to square one: to start over from the beginning, because your last plan has failed.
Ex: Jon has to go back to square one since his business went down because of the monetary crisis.
- Year in, year out: things that happen every year, especially in a boring/negative way.
Ex: You always said that you would change but year in, year out, you do the same thing!
- To turn over the new leaf: To change your behavior dramatically for the better.
Ex: Arum is going to turn over the new leaf. Her resolution is to finally stop being clingy to his ex-boyfriend.
- To start with a clean slate: to forget past mistakes and start over completely.
Ex: After years in prison, Rudi promised to himself that he will start with a clean slate.
- To quit cold turkey: To suddenly stop doing something, usually in terms of addiction.
Ex: Clark used to get wasted every week, but this year, he quit cold turkey.
- To cut down/back on something: to do less of something.
Ex: I promise to cut back on cigarette. I would do anything for you.
- To strike out to a new direction: to change the goal of your life.
Ex: Since apparently I’m not fit to be a sailor, I’m going to strike out to a new direction as a singer.
Compiled by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 1 January 2016.