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cleanse the Augean stables

To rid a place or entity of a massive or entrenched accumulation of something (often corruption). In Greek mythology, Heracles (Hercules) was tasked with cleansing the Augean stables—which had not been cleaned in 30 years. The local government is utterly mired in corruption and abuse, so I'm skeptical when some new elected official claims they're going to come in and cleanse the Augean stables.
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cleanse the Augean stables of (something)

To rid a place or entity of an accumulation of something (often corruption). In Greek mythology, Hercules was tasked with cleansing the Augean stables, which had not been cleaned in 30 years. When he was elected, he pledged to cleanse the Augean stables of the corruption and abuse that has plagued the local government for decades.
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ethnic cleansing

The elimination of a particular ethnic group from a population, as through forced emigration or genocide. Ethnic cleansing is strongly associated with the Yugoslav Wars, during which large numbers of Bosnian Muslims and Croats were murdered.
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* People with diabetes, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, who are pregnant/nursing, or who are very young or very old should consult with their physicians before attempting a cleanse regimen.
After a cleanse, they advise slowly reintroducing wholefoods to your diet, taking care to start with small portions of healthy choices e.g fish, vegetables and fruit.
Our goal with creating the Clorox Healthcare[TM] 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit was to address the barriers to compliant and effective skin cleansing by providing all of the materials needed for two CHG skin cleanses in one easy-to-use package, complete with patient instructions.
In other words, where simple dietary cleanses can help promote healthy gastrointestinal functions, he says, panchakarma is intended to deeply cleanse the entire body and spirit.
Certain sections have been allotted to the Lebanese military to cleanse while the Naqoura sector became UNIFIL peace-keepers' responsibility.
Sk:n's nursing director Ruth Breeden reveals the steps to the ultimate cleanse: * Be bespoke - a blanket approach to cleansing just won't do.
Individuals who want to cleanse their own colons can choose among home kits, some of which include disposable tubing, while others have components that can be reused if they are sterilized after each use.
The hypothesis in this experiment was that participants in the unethical condition ("recall of questionable moral activities") who cleansed their hands with an antiseptic wipe should have less need to engage in helping behaviour than the other participants who didn't cleanse their hands.
Cleansing bars have been making a bit of a comeback as a more economical and eco-friendly way to cleanse. Whatever your skin type there's one suited to you...
These wipes instantly and effectively cleanse without water, whisking away makeup, even waterproof mascara, while refreshing and toning in one simple step.
l An LMRA spokesman said: "Renewals maybe delayed if the employer did not cleanse their employees' data on time (ignoring our calls, notifications and newspaper advertisements since 2007).
Medicine For The Earth is intuitively informative and invaluably helpful for its readers, and is a very strongly recommended read for everybody with some intent to cleanse their system and surroundings of the wasteful and damaging energy that may otherwise cause severe harm.
And always remember that herbs don't act in a vacuum apart from the rest of our lives-if we really want to cleanse, we need to begin at home with what we eat, what we clean with and how we live.