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be up for reelection

To have one's position in public office become contestable again in a public election. You can tell the mayor is up for reelection this year, because he's started pandering to all the most influential demographics. Knowing that her seat would not be up for reelection, the senator began pushing policies that were pretty far out of alignment with her constituency.
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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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up for reelection

Having one's position in public office become contestable again in a public election. You can tell the mayor is up for reelection this year, because he's started pandering to all the most influential demographics. Knowing that she would not be up for reelection, the senator began pushing policies that were pretty far out of alignment with her constituency.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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*up for reelection

Fig. to be running for reelection to an office or position. (*Typically: be ~; come ~.) The governor is up for reelection in the fall. Lily is up for reelection this fall.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

clean sweep

n. a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in the pathway. (Usually figurative.) Everybody got a raise. It was a clean sweep.
See also: clean, sweep
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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