Meaning of “start over” in the English Dictionary

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"start over" in British English

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start over

US UK start afresh
phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us /stɑːrt/ verb

to begin to do something again, sometimes in a different way:

We decided to abandon the first draft of the report and start over.
The agreement allows old expectations to be forgotten and everyone can start afresh.

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  • This is full of errors - I'm going to have to start over.
  • If you make a mistake, you have to start over.
  • Can I make these few corrections or do I have to start over?
  • I'm looking forward to starting afresh in a new town with a new job.
  • A new house gives you the chance to start afresh.

(Definition of “start over” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"start over" in Business English

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start over

US UK start afresh
phrasal verb with start uk /stɑːt/ us verb

[ I ] to begin to do something again, sometimes in a different way:

We decided to abandon the first draft of the report and start over.

(Definition of “start over” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)