Twenty Idioms for New Beginnings
January always feels like the perfect time of year to make some lifestyle changes – last week we even looked at five New Year’s resolutions to help you improve your spelling. Here are twenty idioms for new beginnings:
- a change is as good as a rest – a change of occupation can be as relaxing as a break.
- at the crossroads – at the point where you must make the choice between two courses of action with diverging consequences.
- early bird catches the worm – the person who takes the earliest opportunity to do something will have an advantage over other people.
- a breath of fresh air – a refreshing or invigorating change.
- new blood – new members of a group (who usually bring with them fresh ideas about how the group might run).
- nothing ventured, nothing gained – without taking risks, you can’t expect to achieve.
- to blaze a trail – to innovate in a particular field and thus lead the way for others.
- to blow away the cobwebs – to refresh yourself from a state of sluggishness.
- to break new ground – to do something innovative in a particular field.
- a new lease of life – an occasion or circumstance that leads you to becoming more energetic than you were previously.
- to go back to square one – to acknowledge that an idea has been unsuccessful and that you will need to come up with a new one (see to go back to the drawing board).
- to go back to the drawing board – to acknowledge that an idea has been unsuccessful and that you will need to come up with a new one (see to go back to square one).
- to make a clean breast of it – to admit to your mistakes.
- to make headway – to make progress.
- to move mountains – to go out of your way and to great efforts to achieve something that seems impossible.
- to pave way for – to develop a situation or circumstance that enables something to happen.
- to quit cold turkey – to abruptly and completely give something up (i.e. drugs, alcohol, caffeine).
- to shake things up – to make significant changes to an already established system.
- to start with a clean slate – to put your (usually negative) past behind you and start over.
- to turn over a new leaf – to begin to behave in a more responsible manner.
If you’ve found this post useful, why not check out our other articles on idioms?
We’d love to hear about your 2015 spelling goals – whether you’re setting them as an individual, family, or school. Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to use #Spellzone2015.
12 Jan 2015
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