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feel like a new man/woman

To feel completely refreshed and in good health and spirits, especially after an exhausting or debilitating experience. After he had some time to recover from the surgery, he felt like a new man. I'll feel like a new woman once I have a shower and a good night's sleep.
See also: feel, like, man, new, woman

new man

1. A version of one's self that is completely refreshed and/or in better health and spirits, especially after an exhausting or debilitating experience. Almost always used in the phrase "feel like a new man/woman." After he had some time to recover from the surgery, he felt like a new man.
2. A man who shares household and child-rearing responsibilities equally with his wife. Often capitalized. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jacob is definitely a New Man. He's always helping his wife around the house and taking care of the kids.
See also: man, new

new woman

see under feel like oneself.
See also: new, woman
References in classic literature ?
The New Woman of the future will be the woman with the petticoats, she who shall restore the ancient Eleusinian mysteries of the silk skirt and the tea-gown.
In the first place, this new woman understood a good deal more than was usual for young people of her age; so much indeed, that Totski could not help wondering where she had picked up her knowledge.
This new woman gave him further to understand that though it was absolutely the same to her whom he married, yet she had decided to prevent this marriage--for no particular reason, but that she chose to do so, and because she wished to amuse herself at his expense for that it was "quite her turn to laugh a little now
slept, and had now just awakened--a new woman, with a new mind.
He spoke as he had spoken at the memorable interview between them which had made a new woman of her.
My central focus will be on the way Lily is perceived from diverse perspectives and how her subjectivity is presented as the focus of an ongoing conflict between her aspiration for independence and the various opinions and discourses that pass judgement on her and seek to define and contain the New Woman within the boundaries of social norms.
The term New Woman first emerged in the late 19th century in Europe and the United States, describing the increasing number of feminists and educated, independent career women.
It's been heartbreaking and so difficult, but I have a wonderful new woman in my life and hope it will develop.
The New Woman Gothic: Reconfigurations of Distress.
Murphy explores the presence of the New Woman Gothic in literary fiction in the late nineteenth century, focusing on how literary representations provide current-day readers with examples with which to explore this figure.
Tina O'Toole's The Irish New Woman consolidates and updates that growing body of work, further developing the insights offered by the extant feminist scholarship, in particular, by integrating its findings with those of the dynamic field of transnational migration studies.
SO - I have a week off the radio and I come back and there's a new woman sat opposite me.
The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s edited by Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco, Foreword by Linda Nochlin University of Michigan Press, 2012
In a densely patterned work of literary and cultural analysis, Kerstin Barndt forces us to consider the place of the New Woman in the Weimar Republic.