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sweep the board

To win all possible prizes or in all categories in a competition. Primarily heard in UK. Labour is expected to sweep the board in this district. James nearly swept the board at the award show—he took home seven different trophies!
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sweep the board

BRITISH
If someone sweeps the board in a competition or election, they win all the prizes or seats. The women's team has been quite outstanding, sweeping the board in swimming, diving, cycling and weight-lifting. The government swept the board in yesterday's first contested National Assembly elections. Note: This expression comes from card games where players place the money they are betting on a board or table. The image is of the winner sweeping his or her arm across the table to collect all the money.
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sweep the board

win all the money in a gambling game; win all possible prizes or rewards.
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sweep the ˈboard

win all or most of the prizes, games, money, etc: At the awards ceremony last night France swept the board, with six major prizes.
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Meanwhile, David Wheater and Stewart Downing swept the board in the club's player of the year awards.
The Pools skipper swept the board last night at a special annual awards ceremony that marked 100 years at Victoria Park.
COMIC Ricky Gervais swept the board at the prestigious Rose d'Or TV awards last night.
As for the Villareal players, if there were Oscars awarded for football, they would have swept the board.
TONY McCOY and Martin Pipe virtually swept the board yesterday at Ascot - which was under threat from frost until the last minute.
NEWCASTLE students swept the board at the annual Young Enterprise North East (YENE) Trade Fair, where they were awarded for the standard of their business ideas and selling skills.
RASTRICK have virtually swept the board this season, with the Under 17s and Under 15s both having won their respective sections, while the Under 13s have done even better.
Children's writers swept the board, with Blyton followed by Roald Dahl and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.
TEME Valley Hunt swept the board at the Wales and Border Counties Hound Show.
CHILDREN from St Bartholomew's School in Binley, Coventry, swept the board at a cross country competition in memory of a police officer killed on duty 25 years ago.
CARDIFF University swept the board at the Welsh University Badminton Championships.
They also swept the board with their freestyle team event which had to have an national theme so the dancers used football chanting and whistles.
The marque scooped the top prize in six of the 14 categories, and the Range Rover TDV8, Discovery 3 TDV6 and Range Rover Sport Supercharged swept the board by taking the top three places overall.
The company swept the board in the awards, taking gold in four categories, silver in another and being awarded overall best brand.
LIVERPOOL Harriers swept the board at the Walton Park five mile race on Tuesday.