wipe the slate clean

wipe the slate clean

to forget all past problems or mistakes and start something again Rogers hoped he could wipe the slate clean and forget about his failed business.
Usage notes: also used in the form have a clean slate: She wanted to have a clean slate to start with.
See also: clean, slate, wipe

wipe the slate clean

see under clean slate.
See also: clean, slate, wipe
References in classic literature ?
I believe we forgot everything, except of course, personal fear, and it seemed to wipe the slate clean and give us a fresh start.
Although the loss will still be on my record and people won't forget, it's a massive chance to wipe the slate clean.
They must wipe the slate clean - bring in outside people and build stringent structures from under-14s up.
Reid's men won just once at home in the league last term and he is keen to wipe the slate clean.
Results in the group so far haven't been as good as we would have wanted, but in a way that gives us a good chance to start again and wipe the slate clean.
RYAN Jones can wipe the slate clean today when he is named as Wales captain for the autumn Tests.
We need a Government that can wipe the slate clean.
From today, England will hope to wipe the slate clean.
Promotion would wipe the slate clean," said Robinson.
Mr Soppitt said Goring made astonishingly frank admissions to the police because he wanted to wipe the slate clean and to change his life.
Businesses involved in price-fixing, market-sharing, bid-rigging or other cartels can wipe the slate clean and escape punishment if they own up to the scam, The Office of Fair Trading has said.
But financially successful Test series against New Zealand and Australia, allied to prudent house-keeping, has enabled the League to wipe the slate clean.
For those who may want to wipe the slate clean and to avoid a potential lawsuit, this is the way to go,'' said RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Bainwol.
The worst fears of his family were only confirmed in the 1980s as Hindley and Brady tried to wipe the slate clean.