a clean sweep

a clean sweep

if you make a clean sweep, you win a competition or an election very easily or you win all the prizes in a competition China's women divers achieved a clean sweep in yesterday's competitions. Analysts are predicting a clean sweep for the ruling party in the forthcoming elections.
See also: clean, sweep
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I was a man now, and I made a clean sweep of everything that bound me to my boyhood.
You anarchists should make it clear that you are perfectly determined to make a clean sweep of the whole social creation.
It might be the making of our fortune to make a clean sweep of them both.
In the late fall of that year Emil Gluck made a clean sweep of the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Florida.
We will make a clean sweep of all these psychological points, of a suspicion against you, so that your crime will appear to have been something like an aberration, for in truth it was an aberration.
There were barns and peasants' cabins to destroy, and pits full of potatoes and beetroot; the army had been without vitual, and now it fairly ran riot, the first comers, as you might expect, making a clean sweep of everything.
It was a clean sweep for West Cheshire youngsters playing in the Liverpool County FAiverpool F Junior Cup AJunior Cup second round after Hale Youth, Custys and Maghull Youth progressed at the expense of Birkdale United, Myers and Stanley respectively.
Second-placed Atack C showed no mercy to Bowling A as they also completed a clean sweep to stay in contention with a game in hand.
GLENDALE - With a few quick strokes of her broom, business owner Myrna Pena makes a clean sweep of the debris that had collected in front of her gift and flower shop on Chevy Chase Boulevard.
The West of Scotland front-row, who has played in each of the victories over Ireland, France and Wales to date, is relishing the thought of another crack at a clean sweep of the other four nations.
At the top of the table, a 4-0 dry run by leaders Atack A over Bowling A ensured they remained at the head of affairs by one point from Atack C, who were 3-1 winners at Windmill for whom Wayne Adlam sank a 24 to avoid his team a clean sweep.
It was only a defiant performance from the home side's J Daulton that denied the leaders a clean sweep with a hard earned 21-17 victory going her way.
The week previous the `Nuts had opened their win account at the tenth time of asking by beating the Ex-Servicemens but there was no continuation of that winning form when Bedworth visited the Old Hinckley Roaders and pocketed a clean sweep.
Wayne Cryer, looking to save his men from a clean sweep, made the early running with a 30 run but Glen Locker then turned on the style to sink a 38 break, then clinch the game with a 22 clearance.
Terry Whittaker denied Cleaver B a clean sweep over their A team rivals by taking the anchor leg although by then messrs Bartram, Hobrow and Vincent has already ensured the spoils were well and truly pocketed.