Idioms for the New Year

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and most of us are still adjusting to having to remember the year is no longer 2014. January is a great month to focus on new beginnings and goals for the year that has just started. And it’s also a great time to do this by learning new idioms related to new beginings. There’s no better way to start the year than learning some English with Niharika.

To ring in the new year

To celebrate the beginning of the new year at midnight on December 31.
Example :We are planning a big party to ring in the new year. How did you ring in the new year?

To turn over a new leaf

To begin again, fresh; to reform and begin again. ( The leaf is a page—a fresh, clean page.)

Example : I have made a mess of my life. I’ll turn over a new leaf and hope to do better this year.

Back to the drawing board

Time to start from the start; it is time to plan something over again.
Example : I flunked English this year. Well, back to the old drawing board.

To start from the scratch

To start from the very beginning; to start from nothing.
Example : I built every bit of my own house. I started from scratch and did everything with my own hands.

To open the door to ( something )

To invite something to happen.
Example : The Prime Minister opened the door to peace talks.
The door was opened to further discussion.

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