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New Year's resolution

A sign celebrating the beginning of 2013

A security guard stands behind a New Year sign in Burma. Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Today's Phrase

A New Year's resolution is a goal made on 1st January, which a person aims to complete within that year.

Examples

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? I want to lose weight and get fit.

My mum's New Year's resolution is to stop smoking.

Let's make it our New Year's resolution to run a marathon in 2013!

Take note

If you break your resolution, you are unsuccessful at completing it.

I don't bother making New Year's resolutions, as I always break them.

Interesting fact

Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make resolutions to change their life. Popular resolutions include eating healthily and getting fit, although around 60% of gym memberships taken out in January are said to go unused.

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