to turn over a new leaf - idiom meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to turn over a new leaf" idiom?

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Idiom Scenario 1:


George has been hitting the bottle pretty hard lately.  He is not doing well at work.  His attitude has become negative.  George does not exercise.  Perhaps it is time for George to...
turn over a new leaf.
George needs to reform.  If he goes on the wagon, improves his performance at work, adopts a positive attitude and begins to exercise, George will have turned over a new leaf.
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Idiom Definition:


"to turn over a new leaf"
to completely change your behavior or attitude in order to be better than you were
to reform and begin again
 
Synonyms:
ameliorate, amend, better, clean, convert, correct, cure, improve, mend, rearrange, rebuild, reconstruct, redeem, regenerate, rehabilitate, remake, remodel, renew, reorganize, repair, resolve, restore, revise, revolutionize, rework
 
 
Literally, turning over a new leaf (of a calendar). - - - - ->  a cartoon figue is turning a new page of a giant desktop calendar.
 


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Idiom Scenario 2:


Johnny is a 14 year old teenage boy.  His room is a mess.   His grades in school are terrible.  He talks rudely to his parents and teachers.  He never does any work around the house.  Johnny plays a lot of video games.  Johnny needs to...
turn over a new leaf.
Johnny needs to clean his room, study more, improve his attitude towards his parents and teachers, help more around the house and reduce his video playing in order to make a new beginning with his lifestyle.
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Idiom Usage:

This idiom can have a positive aspect in that a person usually needs to turn over a new leaf when there are circumstances in life that are not good and need to be changed completely.  However, the process of this complete change can be a difficult experience.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Turning over a new leaf is usually a very positive experience.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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