A new broom - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
a new broom
A new manager (of a company or organization) who has been hired specifically to make changes and improvements. After two years of falling profits, a new broom was hired to make budget cuts and improve the corporate culture.
a new broom
You can call someone a new broom
when they have just started a new job in a senior position and are expected to make a lot of changes. We had a new, exceptionally young headmaster and he was a very active new broom. We need a new broom for the project to have credibility
Note: You can use new-broom
before a noun. If everyone is in the habit of arriving ten minutes late, a new-broom manager will have a struggle to change the habit.
Note: You can also use the proverb a new broom sweeps clean
. A new broom doesn't always sweep clean, it just brushes some of the worst dirt under the carpet for a while.
Compare with make a clean sweep
a new broom a newly appointed person who is likely to make far-reaching changes.
This phrase comes from the proverb a new broom sweeps clean .
a new ˈbroom (sweeps clean) (British English, saying) a person who has just started to work for an organization, a department, etc., especially in a senior job, and who is likely to make a lot of changes: The new managing director is clearly a new broom. He’s already got rid of ten members of staff and now he’s looking at our working methods.
References in periodicals archive
If my memory is correct, you wrote about new agents being like a new broom
; they sweep clean.
A LOCAL hero who sweeps the streets of Marsden out of nothing but love has had his wish for a new broom
IT may appear a new broom
has swept through the England dressing room but the selectors have merely added a couple of new bristles.
None of the wish-washy terms of the past, a new broom
has swept clean, leaving a trail of gleaming new terminology behind it.
His son-in-law Simon Wright has appealed to members of the 'Marsden - a local place for local people' Facebook group to donate a new broom - and has been inundated with offers.
"Anyway he's after a new broom and insists on a wooden one.