a new lease on life

American English

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

For example:

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

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

Note: The variation "a new lease of life" is used in British English.

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

Quick Quiz:

After recovering from her heart operation, Misha had a new lease on life. She

a. felt excited about the future

b. was worried about the future

c. didn't have money for the future

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Contributor: Matt Errey