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turn over a new leaf

Definition of turn over a new leaf

  1. :  to start behaving or living in a different and better way <The program helps drug addicts to turn over a new leaf when they get out of jail.>



Word by Word Definitions

turnplay
  1. :  to cause to move around an axis or a center :  make rotate or revolve

    :  to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

    :  to affect or alter the functioning of (as a mechanical device) or the level of (as sound) by such movement

  1. :  the action or an act of turning about a center or axis :  revolution, rotation

    :  any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

    : :  the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction :  change of course or posture : as

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

  1. :  having recently come into existence :  recent, modern

    :  having been seen, used, or known for a short time :  novel

    :  unfamiliar

  1. :  newly, recently

leafplay
  1. :  a lateral outgrowth from a plant stem that is typically a flattened expanded variably shaped greenish organ, constitutes a unit of the foliage, and functions primarily in food manufacture by photosynthesis

    :  a modified leaf (as a bract or sepal) primarily engaged in functions other than food manufacture

    :  foliage

  1. :  to shoot out or produce leaves

    :  to turn over pages especially to browse or skim

    :  to turn over the pages of


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