To Turn Over a New Leaf - To make a fresh new start to begin again; to reform and begin again; to start behaving in a better way
Nina: I am so out of shape! When I was walking up the stairs to class this morning, I could barely make it. I was so tired that I just wanted to sit down. I’m only 26, so I don’t think that should be happening to me.
Vince: It sounds like you need to turn over a new leaf and start exercising more! Why don’t you sign up at a new gym and start working out?
Nina: Do you really think I need to do that much and actually go to a gym?
Vince: Well, yes. It will motivate you to work out every day if you are paying for it.
Nina: I guess you’re right. I definitely need to turn over a new leaf and start exercising. Maybe I’ll sign up at that new gym down the street.
Vince: Yes, it’s a pretty good gym, but it’s really expensive! You should try to look for some other gyms to see if you can get something cheaper. They should have some good deals now at the beginning of the year. This is the time when everyone wants to turn over a new leaf.
Nina: Good idea!
Bob: I cannot believe how much Bill has changed since he got out of rehab! He is like a new person.
Ken: Yes, he has really turned over a new leaf. I’m so glad that he finally decided to accept the fact that he is an alcoholic and then found treatment.
Bob: I know. He tried to hide it for so long, but everyone could see that he was out of control. He was drunk almost every day!
Ken: I just hope he stays sober and doesn’t drink again.
Bob: I think he will be OK. Once he turns over a new leaf, everyone will support him.
Ken: I agree.
Explanation: When it’s the new year or even the start of something new, it’s time to make a fresh start, to do something different, and to turn over a new leaf! In this case, “leaf” means a page—a fresh, clean page or to turn the page and start a new chapter of your life. It can also mean to start behaving in a better way. In the first example, Nina is still young, but really out of shape, so she decides to start exercising to get in better shape. In the second example, Bill is an alcoholic, so he needs to make a fresh start and start behaving in a different way. For more information, please visit: www.languagesystems.com.