keep (one's) slate clean

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keep (one's) slate clean

To maintain an impeccable record; to refrain from committing any mistakes or wrongdoings. If Jeremy can keep his slate clean from now until his next hearing, they might be willing to release him from prison on parole. I know my time in rehab will work against me in the election, but I've kept my slate clean since then.
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We have a game against Uganda and I expect my team to go out and beat them as well so that we keep our slate clean and emerge undefeated champions." Captain Zeeshan Maqsood was delighted at his side staying undefeated in the tournament and thanked the team management for their support.