May a new year turn over a new leaf, and try a new way forward.

Source: JoongAng Daily

I searched up the meaning of "turn over" in the Merriam-Webster dictionary

1 a : to turn from an upright position : overturn b : rotate ; also : to cause (an internal combustion engine) to begin firing
2 : to search (as clothes or papers) by lifting or moving one by one
3 : to read or examine (as a book) slowly or idly
4 : deliver, surrender ; also : to lose possession of
5 a : to receive and dispose of (a stock of merchandise) b : to do business to the amount of

Which meaning of 'turn over' is used in the sentence I quoted?

I guess it is 4(lose possession of).

Is my guess correct?

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    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20over, click on "v" button to show more info. turn over a new leaf: to make a change for the better especially in one's way of living
    – Kreiri
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 19:56
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    This is actually an idiom. You need to search the full idiom, "turn over a new leaf."
    – Alex K
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 19:56
  • @AlexK Thank you for your help. May I delete my question or should I just leave it? Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 19:58
  • Your question has received two votes, I would leave it.
    – Ron Jensen
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 21:03
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    Also relevant, I think the "leaf" in the idiom is refering to a "leaf" of paper, which is a sheet of paper inside a book. Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 21:15

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To "turn over a new leaf" is to make a fresh start or an improvement.

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