new lease on life

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new lease on life (plural new leases on life)

  1. An opportunity to live longer than was expected, due to some kind of reprieve.
    The heart transplant has given him a new lease on life.
    The facelift proposed for the old theatre may well give it a new lease on life.
  2. (figuratively) An opportunity to an improved quality of life, due to some change in circumstances.
    The latest developments in drugs to treat patients with bipolar disorders have given many a new lease on life.