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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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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 .
See also: broom, new
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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.
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He'd better not be - though the fear is that even if he returns for a third series, he may be pensioned off (new brooms were already doing their worst at the cop shop, before the late drama unfolded following an investigation into police corruption and wrongdoing at a correctional facility for boys many years earlier).
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