Definition of Clean slate

1. Noun. An opportunity to start over without prejudice.

Exact synonyms: Fresh Start, Tabula Rasa
Generic synonyms: Chance, Opportunity



Definition of Clean slate

1. Noun. (nautical) a slate on which the courses steered by a ship (and distances run) were recorded, but have been wiped clean after being entered in the log at the end of a watch ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) a fresh start ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clean Slate

clean bowling
clean bowls
clean coal
clean code
clean codes
clean copy
clean house
clean living
clean out
clean potato
clean room
clean sheet
clean sheets
clean shell
clean skin
clean slate (current term)
clean someone's clock
clean sweep
clean sweeps
clean up
clean up one's act
cleanabilities
cleanability
cleanable
cleane
cleaned
cleaned out
cleaned up
cleaner
cleaner fish

Literary usage of Clean slate

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1. The Balfourian Parliament, 1900-1905 by Henry William Lucy (1906)
"CHAPTER XI THE clean slate The Writing on the Slate. — Joy in the Ministerial Camp. — A Twentieth Century Job. — Lord Rosebery. — Tidings of Great Joy for ..."

2. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (1900)
"'I always thought that if a fellow could begin with a clean slate . ... A clean slate, did he say? As if the initial word of each our destiny were not ..."

3. A Dictionary of Political Phrases and Allusions: With a Short Bibliography by Philip George Cambray, ., Hugh. Montgomery (1906)
""clean slate." The policy of the " clean .slate " was the advice given by Lord Rosebery to the Liberal Party in a speech at Chesterfield on December 16, ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1900)
"The skeptic holds one end of clean slate in one hand and the medium the ... A clean slate put on floor under the table. Hands of sitter and medium are ..."

5. England in the Seven Years' War: A Study in Combined Strategy by Sir Julian Stafford Corbett (1907)
"It is very seldom we have had a clean slate to work on—never indeed for long except in ... As an episode the clean slate may also occur hi mixed wars, ..."

6. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1907)
"A winze was sunk for 42 feet from this level below the old stopes overhead ; but it only showed clean slate, with a small seam of pug on footwall. ..."

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