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a new lease on life

This page is about the idiom a new lease on life

American English


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.

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


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