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broom closet

The figurative place where one hides one's practice of Wicca or other Pagan religious beliefs or activities from other people, likened to a homosexual person being "in the closet" when they have not publicly revealed their sexual orientation. "Broom" is a reference to the stereotypical accessory of witches. I had been studying the intricacies of real witchcraft for several years before I came out of the broom closet to my parents.
See also: broom, closet

all mops and brooms

Drunk. Likely a reference to the mops and brooms needed to clean up after drunk people who vomit. I can't stand coming to this bar—it's full of college kids who are all mops and brooms for the first time. I got all mops and brooms at the party last night, and I'm paying for it today, all right. I may never drink again!
See also: all, and, broom, mop

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.
See also: broom, new

New brooms sweep clean.

 and A new broom sweeps clean.
Prov. Someone who is new in a particular job will do a very good job at first, to prove how competent he or she is. Jill: That new supervisor is awfully strict. Jane: New brooms sweep clean. The new teacher immediately flunked three of the laziest students. "A new broom sweeps clean," one of the students shrugged.
See also: broom, clean, new, sweep

new broom sweeps clean, a

A fresh leader or administration gets rid of the old and brings in new ideas and personnel. For example, Once he takes office, you can be sure the President will replace most of the people on the staff-a new broom sweeps clean . This term was already in John Heywood's 1546 proverb collection, was used figuratively by Shakespeare, and exists in many other languages as well.
See also: broom, new, sweep

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.
See also: broom, new

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 .
See also: broom, new

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.
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References in classic literature ?
In a perfect fever I beheld Broom Hall, with the lower story still lit up, and saw the front door open as I climbed the steps.
Then she took the broom out of my hands and moved off with it slowly, a little way down the corridor.
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Brooms isn't quite comfortable with being called a scholar.
However, few studies have been conducted on the diversity of insects and spiders found in brooms.
After centuries of tradition, Witches and Wizards across the globe are turning in their old brooms for mid-drive electric cargo bikes.
The couple, who launched Brocade Racing in 2007, have enjoyed success with all bar one of the nine horses who run in the partnership's colours and Garth Broom paid tribute to trainers David Pipe and Colin Tizzard after they combined to match the Brooms' personal best of 11 winners.
BROOMS are valuable hardy but relatively short lived shrubs, which thrive in well drained soils in full sun.
They are the broomsticks associated with witches but they are effective outdoor brooms, especially for brushing leaves and wormcasts off the lawn.
The Proterra's dust suppression system emits a light mist at the side brooms that bonds to dust so that it settles and is immediately swept into the main broom chamber instead of drifting into the air.
The sour-faced, oddly dressed lady was poking among the brooms in the hardware store when a clerk asked if there was anything he could help her with.
Subarnpur (Orissa), Jan 6 (ANI): Women in Subarnpur village in Orissa have started a self-help group for making and selling brooms to improve their economic condition.
Designed for high productivity and minimum downtime, SweepEx brooms are built with no moving parts, eliminating the need to clean and lubricate sprockets and bearings.
The enclosed-cab Exterra[R] rider sweeper from Advance[R] features an integrated dust-suppression system that minimizes dust at the side brooms to create an extra-wide, 77-inch, dust-controlled sweeping path.
In a few minutes, Sam had strapped two brooms together with a large rubber band.