|broom (bruːm, brʊm)|
|1.||an implement for sweeping consisting of a long handle to which is attached either a brush of straw, bristles, or twigs, bound together, or a solid head into which are set tufts of bristles or fibres|
|2.||any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius|
|3.||any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium|
|4.||new broom a newly appointed official, etc, eager to make changes|
|5.||(tr) to sweep with a broom|
|[Old English brōm; related to Old High German brāmo, Middle Dutch bremme]|
see new broom sweeps clean.