a new man


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feel like a new man/woman

To feel completely refreshed and in good health and spirits, especially after an exhausting or debilitating experience. After he had some time to recover from the surgery, he felt like a new man. I'll feel like a new woman once I have a shower and a good night's sleep.
See also: feel, like, man, new, woman

new man

1. A version of one's self that is completely refreshed and/or in better health and spirits, especially after an exhausting or debilitating experience. Almost always used in the phrase "feel like a new man/woman." After he had some time to recover from the surgery, he felt like a new man.
2. A man who shares household and child-rearing responsibilities equally with his wife. Often capitalized. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jacob is definitely a New Man. He's always helping his wife around the house and taking care of the kids.
See also: man, new

a ˌnew ˈman

(British English) a man who shares the work in the home that is traditionally done by women, such as cleaning, cooking and taking care of children. New men are considered sensitive and not aggressive: He is comfortable with his ‘new man’ image, and has been known to leave the office early to go home and cook dinner for his family.
See also: man, new
References in classic literature ?
A few mornings after this talk a new man came on the stand with Sam's cab.
If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit?
Jav was a new man the moment his battalions stood between him and Tario.
This young brother, without mother or father, this little child which had fallen abruptly from heaven into his arms, made a new man of him.
I would take my rod and plenty of books, would live simply and frugally, and it should make a new man of me by Christmas.
There was a new man at Blackstable--he had been settled there for ten years, but they still looked upon him as an interloper--and he was said to be very clever; but he had not much practice among the better people, because no one really knew anything about him.