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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

clean sweep, (make) a

Get rid of anything or anyone old, extraneous, unwanted. The term often refers to new officeholders who are extremely zealous about making a completely new start. It probably came from the much older locution, “New broom sweeps clean,” quoted in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546 and repeated often over the years, but now virtually obsolete.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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I was a man now, and I made a clean sweep of everything that bound me to my boyhood.
I want to make a clean sweep of everything I've learnt and start fresh.
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.
He makes a clean sweep of all untidy accumulations, puts all his drawers in order, and leaves no note or scrap of paper undestroyed, save such memoranda as bear directly on his studies.
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.
I put up with it, but I immediately pulled down the cow barn, the pigsties, the chicken houses, everything--made a clean sweep. They shook their heads and groaned when they saw such wanton waste by a widow struggling to make a living.
The defeat meant yet another clean sweep for West Indies, after they suffered a chastening 318-run defeat also inside four days in Antigua a week-and-a-half ago.
ISLAMABAD -- Allrounder Mohammad Haris scored an unbeaten halfcentury and took two wickets to lead Pakistan Under19 to a seven wicket win against South Africa Under-19 in the seventh 50- 0ver match played at the Chatsworth Cricket Oval in Durban on Sunday and help Pakistan record a clean sweep over the hosts South Africa.
LAHORE -- All-rounder Mohammad Haris scored an unbeaten half-century and took two wickets to lead Pakistan U19 to a seven wicket win against South Africa U19 in the seventh 50-0ver match played at the Chatsworth Cricket Oval in Durban on Sunday and help Pakistan record a clean sweep over South Africa U19.
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 9 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday said that BJP would clean sweep the assembly elections in the state which are going to be held later in the year.
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