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a new lease of life

This page is about the idiom a new lease of life

British English

Meaning: If someone has a new lease of life, they have a new enthusiasm for living.

For example:

  • After recovering from her illness, Kathy had a new lease of life and made lots of plans for the future.

  • When my uncle quit drinking it gave him a new lease of life and he started doing things he hadn't done for years.

The variation "a new lease on life" is used in American English.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

After winning her battle with cancer, Misha had a new lease of life. She was going to

a. live her life to the full

b. worry about her changing life

c. change the way she made a living

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Contributor: Matt Errey