clean sweep


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clean sweep

1. A large-scale removal of unwanted people or objects to expedite change. In an effort to save the company, the new CEO made a clean sweep and replaced everyone in the finance department. Wow, the garage looks completely different after our big clean sweep!
2. A victory by a large margin, especially one in which the opposing side accumulated none or a very small fraction of the votes, points, etc., required to win. Used especially in politics. The election was a clean sweep for the senator, who won in nearly every county. My team achieved a clean sweep at the national mathematics competition.
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clean sweep

a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in its pathway. The manager and everybody in accounting got fired in a clean sweep of that department. Everybody got a pay rise. It was a clean sweep.
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clean sweep

n. a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in the pathway. (Usually figurative.) Everybody got a raise. It was a clean sweep.
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I was a man now, and I made a clean sweep of everything that bound me to my boyhood.
I want to make a clean sweep of everything I've learnt and start fresh.
You anarchists should make it clear that you are perfectly determined to make a clean sweep of the whole social creation.
It might be the making of our fortune to make a clean sweep of them both.
He makes a clean sweep of all untidy accumulations, puts all his drawers in order, and leaves no note or scrap of paper undestroyed, save such memoranda as bear directly on his studies.
In the late fall of that year Emil Gluck made a clean sweep of the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Florida.
We will make a clean sweep of all these psychological points, of a suspicion against you, so that your crime will appear to have been something like an aberration, for in truth it was an aberration.
There were barns and peasants' cabins to destroy, and pits full of potatoes and beetroot; the army had been without vitual, and now it fairly ran riot, the first comers, as you might expect, making a clean sweep of everything.
I put up with it, but I immediately pulled down the cow barn, the pigsties, the chicken houses, everything--made a clean sweep.
PESHAWAR -- Pakistan People's Party Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Deputy Secretary Behramand Tangi on Tuesday rejected possibility of electoral alliance with other parties in the province and claimed that the PPP would stage a clean sweep in the general elections in 2018.
Summary: Champions extend winning run after clean sweep of Ramadan title
Moreover, ANP district Malakand president Shafiullah, has claimed that in next general election ANP will clean sweep in the district.
The season, 2005-06, when Newcastle went on to claim their first clean sweep.
WALES' regions completed a clean sweep as all four sides claimed victories over the weekend.
The Swiss superstar completed a clean sweep of his group matches by beating Kei Nishikori 7-5 4-6 6-4.