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clean sweep

an overwhelming or decisive victory, as by a political candidate who wins in all or almost all election districts.
the winning of all the prizes, rounds, contests, etc., in a competition or of all the games in a series.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We'll make a clean sweep of all those humbugging Deputies and Ministers!

  • You made a clean sweep of these things with your great Revolution of '93.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • In fact, there was a clean sweep of all the Venetians in Florence.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The instructions were to make a clean sweep as the line advanced.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Our soldiers have been making a clean sweep of the hogs, sheep, and poultry on the route.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • The ground dips down to the fort there, and we had a clean sweep.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • Above all, she must at once and for ever make a clean sweep of all her old friends.

  • A clean sweep was made, and made with a decision and unanimity that was incredible.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
Slang definitions & phrases for clean sweep

clean sweep


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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