American Idioms and Expressions

Clean Slate Idiom

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clean slate
What does clean slate mean?
a record that shows no bad behavior or other problems or past bad actsThe man started off with a clean slate after he lost his previous job.
clean slate
What does clean slate mean?
a record that shows no bad behavior or other problems from the past The man started with a clean slate after he lost his previous job.


Some Random Idioms
play fast and loose with (someone or something)
What does "play fast and loose with (someone or something)" mean?
to act carelessly/thoughtlessly/irresponsiblyThe witness began to play fast and loose with the facts of his case and was severely criticized by the judge.
scratch
What does "scratch" mean?
money
without rhyme or reason
What does "without rhyme or reason" mean?
without purpose or reasonIt seemed that the dispute between the two men was without rhyme or reason.
face to face
What does "face to face" mean?
in personI had a face-to-face meeting with my supervisor to talk about my job performance.
Ruffle a few feathers
What does "Ruffle a few feathers" mean?
If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.
serve as a guinea pig
What does "serve as a guinea pig" mean?
to allow some kind of test to be performed on someoneI was not happy that I had to act as a guinea pig for the managers who were testing the new training material.
chisel (someone) out of (something)
What does "chisel (someone) out of (something)" mean?
to cheat someone to get moneyMy friend tried to chisel his brother out of some money.
get after (someone) to do (something)
What does "get after (someone) to do (something)" mean?
to urge or try to make someone do something that he or she should do but has neglected I will get after the repairman to fix the computer as soon as he returns.

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