New Year's resolution

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Two early 20th-century postcards bearing New Year’s resolutions


New Year's resolution (plural New Year's resolutions)

  1. A vow that one makes on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day for the coming year.
    He made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking.
    • 1869, George Putnam Upton, Letters of Peregrine Pickle, page 78:
      I never saw but one person who succeeded in keeping a New Year's resolution, and he had pined away so rapidly in his physical and grown so abnormally in his moral man, that it was really painful to look at him.


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