A clean slate

What does "A clean slate" mean?

Today it means: Start again, a new beginning.

This comes from the time that a watch on-board ship would keep a record of events on a slate for the duration of the watch. At the end of the watch the contents of the slate would be transferred to the deck log and the slate wiped clean. The next watch would then start anew with a clean slate.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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