개과천선 – Korean 4 Character Idioms #23

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All of us have bad habits and sometimes those habits make us commit something really wrong. After that, we regret it and try not to do that again and do our best to live better. It is "turn over a new leaf" in English and "개과천선" in Korean.

개 means fix or reform. 과 means error, sin. 천 means practice, do, or follow. 선 means good. The basic meaning of 개과천선 means to fix the old sins and follow good. Therefore, 개과천선 means to turn over a new leaf.

Examples

당신 갑자기 왜 그래요? 개과천선하고 똑바로 살기로 했잖아?
Why do you act like that? Didn't you say that you would turn over a new leaf?

제인의 괴롭힘에 10년 넘게 시달리던 에이미가 제인에게 복수하며 이야기가 끝이 났다. 다음 이야기에서 그 여자들은 개과천선하게 될까?
Amy went through the hassling of Jane for more than 10 years and the story ended with the revenge of Amy. Will they turn over a new leaf in the next episode?

이제 제발 그만해. 이번이 네가 개과천선할 수 있는 마지막 기회라고!
Please stop. This is the last chance for you to turn over a new leaf.