verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of broom
Examples from the Web for 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.
Better to bring out the broom and start sweeping some folks out.After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around|Ron Christie|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“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|Michael Daly|December 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In the foreground a wooden shanty, a broom by the door with a ramshorn hanging from its handle.The Road to Damascus|August Strindberg
I never gave him anything; but I envied him his trade and his broom, and the money that continually fell into his old hat.The History of Samuel Titmarsh|William Makepeace Thackeray
Wringing is made easier if the wringer has wide hems into which sticks such as pieces of broom handles are inserted.
The broom corn is not left to ripen, as formerly, but is cut when it is quite green, and the seed not much past the milk.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds
Broom's eyes opened, and instantly every muscle and nerve in his hard-trained body tensed for action.Viewpoint|Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for broom
Word Origin for broom
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with broom
see new broom sweeps clean.