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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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Before Hern's Grocery a bas- ket of apples and a rack filled with new brooms stood on the sidewalk.
was so devoted to me that he never could bear me out of his sight,' said Flora, 'though of course I am unable to say how long that might have lasted if he hadn't been cut short while I was a new broom, worthy man but not poetical manly prose but not romance.
Our readers loved the story - and yesterday Bill was presented with a set of new brooms from friends; B&Q supplied a hi-vis jacket and shovel and he's even been given some cake
A LOCAL hero who sweeps the streets of Marsden out of nothing but love has had his wish for a new broom answered
WITH the work on the new Brooms Cross link road stretching from Switch Island across to Thornton now complete, anglers visiting the fantastic Brooms Cross Fishery, which opened last autumn, will be relishing spending more time on the bank, rather than in the car.
The stages of his chronological account are named fresh beginning 1909-25, new brooms 1925-45, challenges and a major reform 1945-67, and merger talk and further growth 1967-2000.
RACING Club Warwick brought in the new brooms during the summer with the management duo of Jose Ascensao and successful former Bedworth Ex-Service chief Bernie Cope at the helm and the cobwebs have quickly been brushed away.
IT NEVER fails to amaze how often new brooms sweep into Scottish football with wonderful new ideas - new to them that is
In the volatile world of football management, new brooms can be devastating weapons.
At Tamworth right now, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder is proving a much subtler sort of new broom - and it's working very nicely.
The Boston-based analyst firm recently published, "SprintNextel New Brooms Bullish - But Are The Bristles Up To The Job?
Twenty new brooms are set to sweep away the mismanagement and mistakes of previous European Commissions.
More immediately, aside from strengthening Alex McLeish's squad in the January transfer window, the new brooms want to sweep away the old image of Blues' home and get the ground filled up again.
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.
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