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
A LOCAL hero who sweeps the streets of Marsden out of nothing but love has had his wish for a new broom answered
Last week we shared his son-inlaw Simon Wright's appeal for a new broom as Bill's current brush was looking a bit worse for wear.
IT may appear a new broom
has swept through the England dressing room but the selectors have merely added a couple of new bristles.
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.
Posters have clubbed together and ordered a new broom for Bill.