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Idiom of the day - Turn Over a New Leaf

Thursday, March 10, 2016

To turn over a new leaf means to make a fresh start or a new beginning, to start behaving in a different and better way.  Many people like to try and turn over a new leaf on New Year's Day.

Example usage: I have made a mess of my life but from today, I will turn over a new leaf.

Idiom of the day - A Last-Ditch Effort

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A final try at doing something; the last possible attempt.

Example Usage:  I made one last-ditch effort to get her to stay but it was no use;  We are making a last-ditch effort to finish our work in time for the deadline.

Did you know...?  The expression 'a last-ditch effort' has its origins in military terminology.  The 'last ditch' was, in military terms, the last line of defence.

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