(as) black as a sweep

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(as) black as a sweep

Completely black; totally without light or color. "Sweep" is short for "chimney sweep," someone who cleans soot from chimneys. The basement gives me the creeps. It's as black as a sweep down there! I was black as a sweep after working on that filthy engine all day. Our white cat was black as a sweep after getting out on that muddy day.
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