All of these, some happily and some unhappily, have been swept away by the besom of Progress.
The young man has been a besom of fire and burnt up everything.
"Pund wecht for besom shank is good religion," said the imperfect Christian but excellent message-boy.
Gilmour dropped the besom and hit him a sounding thwack on the ear.
The lay brother leaned on his besom and drew a long sigh that seemed to come from the depths of his chest.
I would I had them here, I would trounce them with my besom handle.
We two will pull the state in pieces, and sweep away the laws as with a besom.
You only require a besom and a purse, and a block of warehouses.
Our text oddly misprints 'besom' for 'bosome:' the latter reading in 1646, 1648 and 1670 vindicates itself.
Its teeming population has been swept away by the besom of Jehovahs wrath.
Old English besma "bundle of twigs" (used as a broom or a flail), from West Germanic *besmon (cf. Old Frisian besma, Old Saxon besmo, Old High German besmo, German Besen, Dutch bezem), of unknown origin. Perhaps "something bound or twisted," from PIE *bheidh-.