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clean slate

An opportunity to start fresh despite past mistakes or problems. I know we've had our differences, but I'd like to repair our friendship. Can we start over with a clean slate? I really appreciate you giving me a clean slate after I failed that first test.
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clean slate

A fresh start; another chance after wiping out old offenses or debts. This idiom often appears as wipe the slate clean. For example, Henry's boss assured him that the matter was finished and he could start with a clean slate , or He wished he could wipe the slate clean, but it was too late to salvage the relationship. This expression alludes to the slate boards on which school work or tavern bills were recorded in easily wiped-off chalk. Since 1850 or so the term has been used figuratively, and it has long outlived the practice of writing on slate.
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I think my fellow Hindus will respond to the Clean Slate idea because we recognize that the world is a small place where whatever we do affects someone else.
Maloney said: "With the new manager everyone has a clean slate to start with so you're going to want to impress him straight away.
Needless to say, the current solutions have not worked but there's finally a viable solution, A Clean Slate, Inc.
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Customers must apply at a participating Clean Slate agency, which may define age limits and eligibility using poverty guidelines and other circumstances.
But Venables insists he will start with a clean slate at the club this season.
To help the industry kick off 2006 with a clean slate, we are offering use of our protexIP/OnDemand system free of charge.
Clean slate - Idiom; an unsullied record; a record marked by creditable conduct: 'to start over with a clean slate.
We won two games,'' said Highlanders coach Steve Thompson, who promised a clean slate for the fall.
DENVER -- Fighting Chance, Clean Slate is a non-profit organization in the process of being created, inspired by Mr.
Bradley, 26, now can report to spring training with what amounts to a clean slate, both legally and in baseball.
It's a clean slate for everyone and people are playing for places.
Mocana is a company that will play a unique role in the continued evolution and potentially revolution of the Internet and is directly relevant to my work on the Clean Slate Design initiative," said Guru Parulkar.
1999 may be rapidly running its course but as the Clean Slate Campaign publicity says, `It's never too late to clean your slate.
The Clean Slate Campaign is asking people to take one step in 1999 towards cleaning their slate for the new Millennium (see opposite).