verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of broom
Examples from the Web for broom
Contemporary Examples of broom
The idea that blends are just “diluted malts” was born and has contributed to its lasting image problem, Broom says.
It is the “glue that holds often flaky single malts together,” as Broom puts it.
We sat in his dimly lit office—no bigger than a broom closet—where we commiserated over the current state of American medicine.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Better to bring out the broom and start sweeping some folks out.After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
December 26, 2013
“I thought of sweeping away the evidence with the broom from the garage,” Sandusky recalls.Sandusky Should Plead Guilty If He Wants a Shot at Redemption
December 13, 2011
Historical Examples of broom
He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
He signed to me to take a broom—to march into the garden—to set to work.The Boy Life of Napoleon
When accidentally struck by the janitor's broom, he gives off a cloud of dust.The Devil's Dictionary
He carried the dustpan and broom away to their places, but he did not reenter the room.Tiverton Tales
He was sweeping thoroughly into every corner where a broom could find entrance.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Word Origin for broom
Old English brom "broom, brushwood," the common flowering shrub whose twigs were tied together to make a tool for sweeping, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz "thorny bush" (cf. Dutch braam, German Brombeere "blackberry"), from PIE root *bh(e)rem- "to project, a point."
Traditionally, both the flowers and sweeping with broom twigs were considered unlucky in May (Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, etc.). The witch's flying broomstick originally was one among many such objects (pitchfork, trough, bowl), but the broomstick became fixed as the popular tool of supernatural flight via engravings from a famous Lancashire witch trial of 1612.
see new broom sweeps clean.