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fresh blood

New members of a group or organization, brought in to revitalize or stimulate its productivity by bringing with them new ideas or energy. With everything going digital and online, we're going to need some fresh blood if we want to remain a viable company in today's market.
See also: blood, fresh

fresh legs

In sports, one or more substitute players who have not yet participated in a given game or match, thus having more energy than the players they are replacing. Their offense is completely wearing out our defense—it's time to get some fresh legs on the field!
See also: fresh, leg

fresh meat

1. A person or group of people, especially newcomers, who are seen by others as a new target for scorn, humiliation, ridicule, or sexual advances. When you first enter high school, you're often seen as fresh meat—an easy target for thick-skulled upperclassmen. John is a scumbag to women, referring to groups he finds in bars as "fresh meat" for his sexual conquests.
2. Any newcomer or group of newcomers entering into a wider group or organization. Every summer, we get a bunch of fresh meat entering into the company as interns, having just graduated from the local university.
See also: fresh, meat

fresh off the boat

Newly immigrated, especially without having yet assimilated the host country's language, culture, and/or behavior. My grandfather was still fresh off the boat when he opened up his business here in 1820, and he didn't speak a lick of English.
See also: boat, fresh, off


Of or having an appearance of health, vitality, and/or youthfulness. After a good night's sleep, he woke up fresh-faced and feeling like a million bucks.

a breath of fresh air

Something that is pleasantly new, different, and refreshing. After dating a series of boring men, Sarah found Peter's adventurous nature to be like a breath of fresh air. The beautiful new paint color is a breath of fresh air for the house.
See also: air, breath, fresh, of

another pair of eyes

 and a fresh pair of eyes
Fig. another person to examine something closely in addition to anyone previously. As soon as we can get a fresh pair of eyes on this mansuscipt, we will find the last of the typos.
See also: another, eye, of, pair

breath of fresh air

1. Lit. an influx of air that is not stale or smelly, especially from outdoors. You look ill, John. What you need is a breath of fresh air.
2. Fig. a portion of air that is not "contaminated" with unpleasant people or situations. (This is a sarcastic version of {2}.) You people are disgusting. I have to get out of here and get a breath of fresh air. I believe I'll go get a breath of fresh air. The intellectual atmosphere in here is stifling.
3. Fig. a new, fresh, and imaginative approach (to something). (Usually with like.) Sally, with all her wonderful ideas, is a breath of fresh air. The decor in this room is like a breath of fresh air.
See also: air, breath, fresh, of

fresh and sweet

1. very clean and fresh smelling. Now the baby is changed and she is all fresh and sweet.
2. Inf. just out of jail. Mary is fresh and sweet and back on the street.
See also: and, fresh, sweet

*fresh as a daisy

Cliché very fresh; [of a person] always alert and ready to go. (*Also: as ~.) How can you be fresh as a daisy so early in the morning? I always feel fresh as a daisy after a shower.
See also: daisy, fresh

fresh out (of something)

 and clean out (of something)
just now having sold or used up the last of something. Sorry, I can't serve you scrambled eggs. We are fresh out of eggs. We are fresh out of nails. I sold the last box just ten minutes ago. Lettuce? Sorry. I'm clean out.
See also: fresh, out

*fresh start

a new start; an act of starting over. (*Typically: get ~; get off to ~; give someone ~; have ~; make ~.) After our apologies and a little discussion, we decided to make a fresh start.
See also: fresh, start

*fresh (with someone)

overly bold or impertinent with someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) When I tried to kiss Mary, she slapped me and shouted, "Don't get fresh with me!" I can't stand people who get fresh.

(some) new blood

 and fresh blood
Fig. new personnel; new members brought into a group to revive it. This company needs some new blood on its board to bring in new ideas. We're trying to get some new blood in the club. our membership is falling.
See also: blood, new

(like) a breath of fresh air

pleasantly different Selena was a talented and beautiful entertainer, a breath of fresh air in an industry full of people all trying to copy each other.
See also: air, breath, fresh, of

fresh from somewhere

having just arrived from somewhere As a 16-year-old fresh from Argentina, she won two important music competitions in three weeks.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of fresh (newly produced or made)
See also: fresh

fresh from something

having just finished something The South African president is set to begin a trip to the United States fresh from a key election victory.
Usage notes: from the literal meaning of fresh (newly produced or made)
See also: fresh

fresh out of something

1. having just completed something We hired her fresh out of law school.
Usage notes: often said about someone who has just completed an educational program
2. having just finished or sold all of something Sorry, we're fresh out of grapefruit juice. Would you like orange juice instead?
See also: fresh, of, out

a breath of fresh air

someone or something that is new and different and makes everything seem more exciting Angela's like a breath of fresh air when she comes to stay. After all the criticism, his positive comments came as a breath of fresh air.
See also: air, breath, fresh, of

be as fresh as a daisy

to be full of energy and enthusiasm It's been a long drive but give me a cup of tea and I'll soon feel fresh as a daisy.
See also: daisy, fresh

be fresh from swh

  (British) also be fresh out of swh (American & Australian)
to have just finished education or training in a particular school or college and not have much experience Our course is taught by a young professor fresh out of law school.
See also: fresh

be fresh out of something

  (mainly American & Australian)
to have just finished or sold a supply of something, and have no more left Sorry, we're fresh out of bread this morning.
See also: fresh, of, out

get fresh

to show by your actions or words that you want to have sex with someone (usually + with ) If he tries to get fresh with you, tell him to keep his hands to himself.
See also: fresh, get

get fresh with somebody

  (American & Australian)
to talk to someone in an impolite way or behave in a way which shows you do not respect them Don't you get fresh with me, young lady!
See also: fresh, get

new blood

new people in an organization who will provide new ideas and energy It's time we injected some new blood into this organization.
See also: blood, new

breath of fresh air

New and refreshing, as in His arrival was like a breath of fresh air. This term transfers the idea of fresh air to a new approach or welcome arrival, and has largely replaced both the earlier breath of heaven and breath of spring, although the latter is still heard occasionally. [Mid-1800s]
See also: air, breath, fresh, of

fresh as a daisy

Well rested, energetic, as in I'm finally over my jet lag and feel fresh as a daisy. This simile may allude to the fact that a daisy's petals fold at night and open in the morning. [Late 1700s]
See also: daisy, fresh

fresh out of

Also, clean out of. Recently or completely used up or unavailable. For example, Sorry, I'm fresh out of sugar and can't lend you any, or We're clean out of small change. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: fresh, of, out

new blood

Additional, fresh individuals regarded as an invigorating force, as in an organization. For example, The board could really use some new blood next year. This metaphoric expression, first recorded in 1853, alludes to a blood transfusion and employs new in the sense of "fresh."
See also: blood, new

(as) fresh as a daisy

mod. someone who is always alert and ready to go. How can you be fresh as a daisy so early in the morning?
See also: daisy, fresh

fresh as a daisy

See also: daisy, fresh


1. mod. cheeky; impudent. Ken sure is fresh sometimes.
2. mod. a little aggressive sexually; prone to caress too eagerly. Hey, buster! Don’t get fresh with me!
3. mod. cool; okay. That stuff’s really fresh. It’s a winner.
4. mod. good-looking. Tom is fresh and buff.

fresh and sweet

mod. just out of jail. (Streets.) Hey, Lefty, you look all fresh and sweet.
See also: and, fresh, sweet


mod. very good. (see also fresh.) Mary is funky-fresh when she works out, but a real slow runner when she’s been lazy.

stupid fresh

mod. very, very good. (see also fresh, funky fresh.) Her looks were stupid fresh. Bonus!
See also: fresh, stupid
References in classic literature ?
The fresh wind bore them gently on, and soon they stood again beside the brook, whose waves danced brightly as if to welcome them.
When I had taken the copy, I rubbed out the marks, but, two mornings later, a fresh inscription had appeared.
If you will kindly step round with me, we shall see what fresh evidence the garden has to offer.
She had not noticed any ovens in the town, but they might be there, nevertheless, for some of the inhabitants seemed very fresh.
The room is as fresh and sweet as a room can be,' he answered.
Having given that advice, he returned to his room, and shut out the horrid fresh air with a loud exclamation of relief.
On opening the Standard, however, I found that there was a fresh allusion to the business.
I wonder what the fresh clue may be; though it seems to be a stereotyped form whenever the police have made a blunder.
Rejoice in thy vigorous growth, and in the fresh life that moveth within thee
He felt the fresh air, the first sunbeam--and now he was out in the courtyard.
The immense stretch of meadow had been mown and was sparkling with a peculiar fresh brilliance, with its lines of already sweet-smelling grass in the slanting rays of the evening sun.
The dew was falling by now; the mowers were in the sun only on the hillside, but below, where a mist was rising, and on the opposite side, they mowed into the fresh, dewy shade.
The sight was good to her, nor did she under-appraise the lines of the slender ankle above the low tan tie nor did she under-appraise the delicate yet mature swell of calf outlined in the fresh brown of a new cotton stocking.
However, we got well in again, though with a great deal of labour and some danger; for the wind began to blow pretty fresh in the morning; but we were all very hungry.
Ah, Rodion Romanovitch," he added suddenly, "what all men need is fresh air, fresh air .