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What's the meaning of "clean slate"? Currently I'm watching the American TV show Prison Break and I've heard more than once the expression "clean slate", from the context I thought that it could mean "a new start", when you leave everything you've done behind. Is it correct? Also, I would like to know how formal is this expression.
Jun 6, 2015 2:20 PM
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You are quite right,it means erasing the past and getting a new start in life.
June 6, 2015
Hey Meredith, thank you for telling the origin of this expression! Now it makes sense to me :D
June 23, 2015
You are correct. It comes from a time where paper was very expensive and kids used to do their school work on a type of stone called slate. It was black and they used chalk to write on them. When their work was completed, the teacher wiped their work of the slate, giving them a fresh start and a "clean slate".
June 23, 2015
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