start from scratch
Meaning: If you start from scratch, you begin something from the very beginning without using anything else as a starting point.
- Our website is terrible, so we should get rid of it altogether and start again from scratch.
- I was being interviewed for a radio show, but the guy forgot to turn on the recorder. He realised after about ten minutes, so we had to start again from scratch.
Julio had to start his book again from scratch because