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Proficiency Phrase of the Day #24: To give a lease of life

Today’s phrase is…

To give a new lease of/on life

Introduce it with some examples:

The successful operation on his bad foot gave my dog a new lease of life.

The council gave the old theatre a new lease of life by converting it into a youth centre for local teenagers.

Lead students to the meaning: “Give a new lease of life” means to revitalize or rejuvenate something or someone, providing a fresh start or renewed energy after a period of decline or stagnation.


  • Can you think of a change that really helped someone you know feel better or discover a new energy?
  • Are there any areas of your city that renovated or rejuvenated recently?
  • Think of an old, run-down building or area in your city. Think of a proposal to transform or rejuvenate it. What would is be used for? How much work would be needed to give it a new lease of life?

Here’s the Quizlet set of all the previous phrases of the day.


Barcelona based English Teacher, blogger and sometime actor and director.

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