wipe the slate clean


: to forget all the things that have happened or been done and start doing something again : to start again from the very beginning
She wishes she could wipe the slate clean and start over in a different career.

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Recent Examples on the Web But in Ramose’s view, the decision to wipe the slate clean conflicted with the tenets of African philosophy and, in particular, with the notion of molato ga o bole, a Sotho proverb that holds that debts do not expire with the passage of time and can be resolved only through redress and restoration. Sisonke Msimang, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2021 To put Kelce into the mix might be too much…or a way to wipe the slate clean? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 This is a fantastic time to wipe the slate clean and begin creating new financial habits. The Enquirer, 17 Jan. 2024 While the Eagles will look to wipe the slate clean and start a new win streak next week, the Jets are heading into the bye week riding high with a two-game win streak to push them to 3-3. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023 Madonna employs rain as a metaphor – washing away sorrow and pain to wipe the slate clean. 31. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 But this performance could mark the final nail in the coffin for the current DC shared universe, possibly making the studio more inclined to fully wipe the slate clean and not retain any of the same actors. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 18 June 2023 Most borrowers who fell into default before March 2020 have a one-time chance to wipe the slate clean under the administration’s Fresh Start program. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, 1 June 2023 One issue with this is that the way things are looking, Blue Beetle could be one of the last films in the current DC Extended Universe before the new bosses potentially wipe the slate clean. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 5 Jan. 2023

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“Wipe the slate clean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wipe%20the%20slate%20clean. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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