A new start; especially to make a new start by clearing the record. This phrase comes from the use of chalk and slates in classrooms in the past. By wiping the slate clean, a student could remove any evidence of a mistake.
Words nearby clean slate
How to use clean slate in a sentence
With Charlie Hebdo, “you really have a clean case here,” Shearer said.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Clean as a whistle,” says a senior investigator involved in the case.
Clean-shaven and balding, Saleem is in his forties and walks with a limp.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.
The tower has four clock faces, pinnacles at the angles, and a steep slate roof and is 120 feet high.
Slate slabs were originally tried for sleepers on the Birmingham and London line.
And I will turn my hand to thee, and I will clean purge away thy dross, and I will take away all thy tin.
A groom is a chap, that a gentleman keeps to clean his 'osses, and be blown up, when things go wrong.
Other Idioms and Phrases with clean slate
A fresh start; another chance after wiping out old offenses or debts. This idiom often appears as wipe the slate clean. For example, Henry's boss assured him that the matter was finished and he could start with a clean slate, or He wished he could wipe the slate clean, but it was too late to salvage the relationship. This expression alludes to the slate boards on which school work or tavern bills were recorded in easily wiped-off chalk. Since 1850 or so the term has been used figuratively, and it has long outlived the practice of writing on slate.