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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.
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.