a clean sheet


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a clean sheet

 
1. (mainly British) if you are given a clean sheet, you can start something again, and all the problems caused by you or other people in the past will be forgotten I want us to forget all the arguing of the past, and start the New Year with a clean sheet.
2. (British) if a football team or a goalkeeper (= the player who stands in the goal) has a clean sheet, they do not allow the other team to score any goals United kept a clean sheet in an away match for the first time this season.
See also: clean, sheet
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The Gateshead side were leading thanks to Andy Davidson's early opener and Boyle managed to keep a clean sheet for over half an hour - then Town substitute Connor Andrews struck twice in four minutes.
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