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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.
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Examples from the web for clean sweep
  • 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.
Slang definitions & phrases for clean sweep

clean sweep

noun

A broad change that has a sweeping effect: made a clean sweep of his life


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with clean sweep

clean sweep

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