Cliche of the Week 85 – New lease on Life

April 2, 2012 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Buildings, sports teams, politicians, companies and the real estate market regularly renew the lease on their lives to ensure happiness and success.

More seriously, transplant patients receiving donor organs also get a new lease on life, a label used in news reports about 300 times a month.

None of these reports mentions the rent paid for this new arrangement.

“What she’s after is the possibility of a second chance and a new lease on life.” (The Boston Globe, March 20)

“And so began a story of an eight-pound pooch who, after a lifetime of disability and neglect, has gained a new lease on life and a slew of admirers.” (Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota, March 18)

“Seemingly eliminated twice already from the playoffs, the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team gets yet another new lease on life this weekend.” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 16)

Rugby: “(Tanerau) Latimer is enjoying a new lease on life with this year’s Chiefs and said he was communicating with his fellow loosies better both on and off the field.” (Waikato Times, March 15)

“The Surrey Public Market property, which has been sitting empty for over a decade, is getting a new lease on life.” (Vancouver Sun, March 10)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Cliches in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.

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