sweep the board


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sweep the board

  (British)
to win all the prizes or votes in a competition or an election Her latest film swept the boards at last night's cinema awards. The liberals look set to sweep the board in the local elections.
See also: board, sweep
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For the first time in 16 years I'm seeing a brilliant LFC team emerging - we just need that missing piece of the jigsaw and I'm convinced we will sweep the board again.
Shame they didn't include the international nominees, with Arcade Fire set to sweep the board.
NUNEATON's Marcus Harvey hit top form to sweep the board at the Nottingham indoor rowing championships held at Nottingham University sports hall.
But he failed to sweep the board as American boy band NSync won three of the main prizes, while the best video of the year honour, for which he had been nominated, went to four female pop stars, Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya and Pink.
GLADIATOR has opened to rave reviews in the United States, and already movie insiders reckon the film will sweep the board at next year's Oscars.
Or been so likely to sweep the board in a race of this caliber.
And, with this year's awards barely over, Hollywood is already tipping him to sweep the board next year as he turns his spotlight on slavery in his new film Amistad.