pick up the threads

pick up the threads (of something)

1. To begin doing something again after it had previously been stopped or on hiatus. The author states that the novel is an attempt to pick up the threads of an unfinished manuscript found in his late father's desk drawer.
2. To try to return something to normal after a very bad experience interrupts it. We've all been trying to pick up the threads of our lives after the economic crash.
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pick up the threads

resume something that has been interrupted.
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pick up the ˈthreads

start something, for example an activity, a relationship, a career, again after a break: It’s not easy for women returning to work to pick up the threads of their earlier careers.
See also: pick, thread, up
References in classic literature ?
It is generally supposed that the etherealists have quite a few among their number who are permanent materializations.
We had sallied forth from a desolate little junction within quite a few miles of Milchester, had been caught in a shower, had run for shelter to a wayside inn.
I've dealt with quite a few men in my time, Harve, and one sizes