a clean break

clean break

A complete removal from a (usually negative) situation, relationship, or attachment, with no intention of returning. After spending years in an emotionally abusive relationship, Patrick finally decided to make a clean break and leave his girlfriend.
See also: break, clean

a clean ˈbreak

a complete separation from a person, an organization, a way of life, etc: She wanted to make a clean break with the past and start again.
See also: break, clean