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new broom

a newly appointed person eager to make changes
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  • The new broom has swept clean, and people are pleased so far.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • "A new broom sweeps clean, they say," laughed the flag officer.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Fusion would furnish a new broom, guaranteed to sweep clean.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • T will do no harm, and may—ay, this minion will sweep the Rock like a new broom.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • Then she ran lightly downstairs, stopping in the hall to annex the new broom Delia had left there for her.

  • He felt that the new broom was about to begin sweeping again.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
  • "It's the new broom as swapes clane," answered the head deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • "His predecessor never was a new broom," retorted Lawson, quickly.

  • "A new broom sweeps clean, but it will get worn out," with sundry mysterious nods.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas

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