clean sweep

noun
1.
an overwhelming or decisive victory, as by a political candidate who wins in all or almost all election districts.
2.
the winning of all the prizes, rounds, contests, etc., in a competition or of all the games in a series.
3.
a thorough or sweeping change, especially one effected by the large-scale removal or elimination of unwanted persons or things: The new president made a clean sweep when he joined the company, replacing all the department heads.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To clean sweep
Slang Dictionary

clean sweep definition


  1. n.
    a broad movement clearing or affecting everything in the pathway. (Usually figurative.) : Everybody got a raise. It was a clean sweep.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

clean sweep

see make a clean sweep.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
In the end one has only raised more dust where one wished to make a clean sweep.
In some years, the move from general staff to industry is a virtual clean sweep.
If this information is to be credited, the damage in the town proper must be in the nature of a clean sweep.
Send old paint, fertilizer and other chemicals to your local community clean sweep program.
Idioms & Phrases
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;