clean sweep


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clean sweep

1. A large-scale removal of unwanted people or objects to expedite change. In an effort to save the company, the new CEO made a clean sweep and replaced everyone in the finance department. Wow, the garage looks completely different after our big clean sweep!
2. A victory by a large margin, especially one in which the opposing side accumulated none or a very small fraction of the votes, points, etc., required to win. Used especially in politics. The election was a clean sweep for the senator, who won in nearly every county. My team achieved a clean sweep at the national mathematics competition.
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clean sweep

a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in its pathway. The manager and everybody in accounting got fired in a clean sweep of that department. Everybody got a pay rise. It was a clean sweep.
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clean sweep

n. a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in the pathway. (Usually figurative.) Everybody got a raise. It was a clean sweep.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
The Clean Sweep unit removes fugitive dust from around the dust collector and adjacent work area and sends it directly to the collector.
A Reds outfit, including Frank Stapleton, Keith Gillespie, Clayton Blackmore and David May, will line-up against the Linfield Clean Sweep side of 2006 at the international stadium.
Bridge was an integral part of the 2006 Eagles clean sweep and can clinch another one for the Tyneside team if they beat Leicester Riders in Birmingham on Saturday.
That's why we are backing the Veolia Clean Sweep for Britain campaign to get Britain spick and span.
ANDREW Bridge says talk of a Newcastle Eagles clean sweep will stay out of the dressing room for now.
KARACHI, February 02, 2012 (Balochistan Times): Former Captain and dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi said Pakistan got a golden opportunity to make the clean sweep in three Test match series against England.
WALTER SMITH insisted he has no problem being dubbed "The Godfather" of Scottish football after completing a clean sweep of the nation's Manager of the Year awards.
Officers working on Operation Clean Sweep moved into Grangetown, Cardiff, yesterday, to help rid the area of fly-tipping, criminal damage, anti-social behaviour and untaxed vehicles.
The blitz is targeting an area of Thorntree, Middlesbrough, and is the first of four initiatives in the town called Operation Clean Sweep.