clean slate


: a person's record (as from a school or a job) that shows no evidence of any problems, broken rules, etc. : a clean record
Everyone who comes to this school starts with a clean slate.

Examples of clean slate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, that daily clean slate makes phthalates and bisphenols actionable, says Hua. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 25 Apr. 2024 Briggs, who spoke prior to Smith’s departure for Portland, said the recent vacancies have given the department and the city something of a clean slate. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 One season ends, and there is a mourning period, but each new season brings a clean slate upon which dreams can be projected. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2024 Kansas City Royals reliever James McArthur needed a clean slate. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 Mar. 2024 With a clean slate comes the opportunity to turn the page, change narratives or alter the course of a franchise. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 In director Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara’s follow-up to their Oscar-winning film The Favourite, Stone plays Bella Baxter, a woman given a clean slate via an experimental procedure from a mad scientist of sorts, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 The policy began with the 2023-24 season, with all schools starting with a clean slate. Eric Olson and Pete Iacobelli, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 And with Fangio gone as coordinator, Smith should have a clean slate with Weaver and his new assistants. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024

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“Clean slate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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