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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Last week we shared his son-inlaw Simon Wright's appeal for a new broom as Bill's current brush was looking a bit worse for wear.
In the past assembly election, when the established Indian parties were associated with corruption in the electorate's mind, as a new broom he promised to sweep clean and reaped a remarkable victory for his debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
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.
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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.
My Christmas and New Year messages are that a new broom is sweeping into economics and equity investment is alive and kicking.
I think we need a new broom to sweep all things away because in my view that is where the problem lies.
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.
But the new broom that is sweeping through Harley Street is enormously welcome, and it is clear that we now have a GOC prepared to listen, share ideas and discuss difficult areas.
The company changed its name in 2006 as part of a new broom overhaul following a series of embarrassing lawsuits.
Igga calls young SPLM supporters to take the party's affairs with full commitment -- in what could be 'a new broom swing clean.
John's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on June 15, 2007 intimated in his first address to the faithful of the diocese that he did not intend to come among them as "a new broom sweeping clean.
Ward may have been a new broom back in November, but it is only now that he has managed to make sweeping changes with a major overhaul of the Cheltenham Town squad.
Another new broom is the Lightweight Broom with an aluminum pole and a 14-inch-wide head.
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