#IOTW: Idioms for New Year

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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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