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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEAN SLATE

Those were his very words, and you, I suppose, are the clean slate.

If he could get a clean slate by a week from Monday, say, he might still be of some use to the team.

"And we were hunting for a clean slate," I suggested satirically.

As the reader knows, the Americans had no clean slate on which to write at Panama.

"You see, hon, I want to have a clean slate," he went on rather lamely.

They were lucky to get through the first half with a clean slate.

"It's to be a clean slate, my girl," he said, looking down at her.

They expected him to take all the responsibility and give them a clean slate!

It had to be a clean slate for the folks back home, and especially for Jerry.

He is an American crook with a clean slate, so far as this side is concerned.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French esclate, fem. of esclat "split piece, splinter" (Modern French éclat; see slat), so called because the rock splits easily into thin plates. As an adjective, 1510s. As a color, first recorded 1813. Sense of "a writing tablet" (made of slate), first recorded late 14c., led to that of "list of preliminary candidates prepared by party managers," first recorded 1842, from notion of being easily altered or erased. Clean slate (1856) is an image from customer accounts chalked up in a tavern.

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