new broom


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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

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.
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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 .
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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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A LOCAL hero who sweeps the streets of Marsden out of nothing but love has had his wish for a new broom answered!
He appears to be the new broom which sweeps clean, making "France great again".
Certainly, City needed a new broom to conquer Europe, but Guardiola (above) has used a flamethrower rather than a brush at times.
England's new broom Eddie Jones has rarely been short of a soundbite during a long and successful coaching career, but his mischievous claim that Scotland will be favourites for Saturday's Calcutta Cup opener takes some beating.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- We have a saying in English and you've probably heard the proverb "A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows the corners." This is very true of the Middle East.
AS well as sweeping a new broom through the playing staff at Coventry City, Tony Mowbray is determined to give the club's training ground a facelift.
We all have a number of connotations or images we associate with a 'new broom. Is it to be used to sweep out the old, replacing all with the new, irrespective of the worth of the old?
It is available via four Silencure formulations: original, low-VOC, DOT and SRT (Solvent Replacement Technology), a patented water-based agent that can be applied to new broom finished, precast, or hand- or machine-troweled surfaces.
With a new broom at the head of the Judicial Council, we can only hope that things will change and the Labour Law, which states that disputes have to be closed within 45 days, will be enforced.
Patrick Cosgrove of the Marches and Shropshire Campaign for Better Broadband in Rural Areas said, A new broom is exactly what BDUK needs.
Craig Burley: Gordon Strachan may be a new broom but this was same old rubbi
The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone.
"I think we need a new broom to sweep all things away because in my view that is where the problem lies.
NEW BROOM: Stuart Lancaster at West Park Leeds RUFC
Phillips said that was a good deal because the old one was basically a "paper-weight" and a new broom machine can cost anywhere from $250,000 to $300,000.
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