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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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So it may appear slightly ironic that they are now relying on former Scottish Labour health secretary Susan Deacon - the new broom at the SPA - to sort it out sharpish.
He appears to be the new broom which sweeps clean, making "France great again".
Is the new broom to be used judiciously, to tidy up and spring clean?
ANDY Savage - the new broom at Nuneaton Old Edwardians - has a three-year plan to lead the club to fresh heights.
But it is part of the new broom, part of moving things forwards and onwards.
Like before, just let's hope and see what a difference the new broom makes.
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.
Gone are the senior leadership groups and the reliance on the theory that old heads know best and in their stead the new broom has swept Nobody - as in Nobody's perfect - into the role of captain.
OWEN COYLE is the new broom at Bolton, but he could do worse than brush up on the traditional Trotters style today.
CAROL Gormley is truly the new broom who sweeps clean.
However, the new broom sweeping through the ECB might just sweep away Graveney, a veteran selector of 11 years.
become the new broom to sweep up after former manager Paul Brush.
Plaid Cymru spokeswoman Helen Mary Jones said a candidate from beyond Wales might be the new broom that was needed but whoever was chosen would require a full understanding of devolution if they were to balance the Assembly's equality agenda with UK policies.
A lot of people want the new broom to sweep clean, but a lot of those people have no concept of what international rugby is actually like.
OWEN COYLE is the new broom at Bolton, but he'd do well to brush up on the old Trotters' style against Arsenal today.