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Idioms and expressions

‘Going back to the drawing board’: Idioms for change

Here are some idioms and expressions to talk about changes or the intent to change:

  • Blow away the cobwebs

To get rid of feelings of tiredness

  • Out with the old, in with the new

Accepting new ideas

  • Shake things up

Make significant/positive changes

  • Give (something) a new lease of life

Revive something

  • Go back to the drawing board

Start again with new ideas/plans

  • Start with a clean sheet

Start again with new ideas

  • Make a fresh start / make a clean break

Start something again

  • To turn over a new leaf

To discard old habits and adopt new, positive ones

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