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clean sheet

(sport) an instance of conceding no goals or points in a match or competition (esp in the phrase keep a clean sheet)
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  • She spread a clean sheet of white paper on the table, and began her letter.

    Aunt Amy Francis Forrester
  • Because you will not be able to present a clean sheet to them.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • Then she took pen and ink from her desk and a clean sheet of blotting-paper.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He spread an Ordnance map—a clean sheet—and gave his guide a pencil.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • They had searched the village for a clean sheet, and showed it to us with pride.

    Golden Lads Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
  • Old man Sempter was just ready to turn you loose with a clean sheet.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • Don't spoil the beauty of a clean sheet of paper by a lot of scribble.

  • In this respect she must begin, like them, with a clean sheet.

    The Framework of Home Rule Erskine Childers
  • He began with a clean sheet, mentally; had no memories left in his mind of what he had been.

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