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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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