start with a clean sheet (of paper)

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start with a clean sheet (of paper)

To start fresh despite past mistakes or problems. I know we've had our differences, but I'd like to repair our friendship. Can we start with a clean sheet? This project is becoming a mess. I think we're better off just scrapping what we have and starting with a clean sheet of paper.
See also: clean, sheet, start
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