make a clean sweep

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make a clean sweep

Fig. to do something completely or thoroughly, with no exceptions. The boss decided to change the direction of the company, so he made a clean sweep and fired all the top management. They made a clean sweep through the neighborhood, repairing all the sidewalks.
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make a clean sweep

1. Remove or eliminate unwanted persons or things, as in The new owners made a clean sweep of the place, intending to replace all the equipment. This phrase replaced the much older (16th-century) general sweep. [Mid-1800s]
2. Win overwhelmingly, as in Our candidate made a clean sweep of all the districts. This usage is most often found with reference to success in a sports competition or election.
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If they start a general sweep (on local prostitutes), like they did in Greece, I am sure they will inevitably find cases of infection," said Michaelidou.
He concluded that "The general sweep of requirements set out in health and safety regulations are broadly fit for purpose but there are a few which offer little benefit to health and safety and which the Government should remove, or clarify".
At the end of day two, with Australia 346 adrift of England and carrying a handful of batsmen desperately low on form, a general sweep of popular betting sites saw an average of just 25-1 being offered on a home win.
This is going to be a general sweep of the area but we will also be targeting areas where we know youngsters gather.
15am: First port of call is a general sweep of the estate checking for environmental issues, for example fly-tipping, burnt-out cars or graffiti.
3, injectivity seems to hold even for the general sweep maps over arbitrary alphabets with arbitrary weights.
Also available are benchmarking and trend reports, which provide analysis of the general sweep marketplace.
Was it just a general sweep of his arm or is he already aware of what can be done to nipples?
At the end of day two, a general sweep of popular betting sites saw an average of just 25-1 being offered on a home win.
Carefully made-up with her favourite deep red lipstick and small stud ear-rings, she looked a little nervous as she gave a general sweep of the court with her characteristic wide smile.
We know there still are many non-compliant contractors in all sectors of construction, but we are encouraged by the enforcement agencies that focused their efforts during the last couple of years on flagrant and serial violators, as opposed to general sweeps.
The UG/Freeform Modeling module gives Arctic Cat engineers the choice of defining surfaces as general sweeps along curves, proportionally developed shapes, lofted bodies, blends with circular or conical cross sections, and several other options.
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