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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.
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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.
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a new broom sweeps clean

A new manager (of a company or organization) will be able to bring a fresh perspective and energy necessary to making beneficial changes and improvements. After two years of falling profits, the company needed to make big budget cuts and drastically improve its corporate culture, so a whole new upper management team was brought on board. A new broom sweeps clean, after all. A: "I'm hoping Jill will make some big changes to how things operate now that she's been promoted to General Manager." B: "She's already been talking about all the things she wants to improve, and a new broom sweeps clean."
See also: broom, clean, new, sweep

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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Police are appealing for witnesses who were in the Broomy Close area before midnight on New Year's Day night to contact Kidderminster Police on 01562 820888.
NETHERTHONG: Peter Crosby, motorbike shelter (conservation area), Wells Green Farm Cottage, Broomy Lea Lane.
The six-month scheme will provide protection for 13 homes on Broomy Hill Road that have flooded in times of heavy rainfall.
The work, which will begin on January 10, will involve installing 280 metres of sewer and surface water pipes at Broomy Hill Road and increasing the size of 600 metres of pipes on the same road.
W Marsden, replacement pitched roof and alterations (in conservation area) at Wells Green, 1 Broomy Lea Lane, Netherthong.
Last night, staff at the home, in Broomy Hill Road, threw a huge party to celebrate Betty's landmark birthday.
Mr Henderson also raises concerns about the position of the main access point to the development, fearing that existing traffic congestion problems on the nearby Broomy Hill Road may worsen.
NETHERTHONG Conservation area consent for removal of existing flat roof to be replaced with pitched roof at Wells Green 1, Broomy Lea Lane.
The teen was approached by three youths who asked him for a light, as he passed the junction with Broomy Hill Road.
For more information on YHN matters local residents can contact the Broomy Hill Road housing office which is open Monday to Friday from 8.
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For more information contact Broomy Hill Road housing office on 0191 277 7940.
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A breath test showed Forrester, of Broomy Hill Road, Throckley, had 88mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.