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to begin again. I have messed this up so much that there is nothing to do now but start over. When you start over, try to do it right this time.
start someone over
to cause someone to begin again; to lead someone to begin again. The orchestra messed up the first few bars, so the conductor started them over again. I hope the conductor doesn't start us over again. This is getting boring to play.
to begin something again If I make even one mistake on this, I've got to start over.
Usage notes: for more emphasis, often in the form start all over: We had to start all over several times until we got it right.
Begin again, as in This article is no good; I'll have to start over. [Early 1900s]
1. To begin again: After the waves wrecked my sandcastle, I started over on higher ground.
2. To cause something to begin again: We started the movie over when the last guest arrived.