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make a clean sweep

Definition of make a clean sweep in English:

1Remove all unwanted people or things ready to start afresh: in 1917 many Soviet communists wanted to make a clean sweep of the discredited old order
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  • I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it.
  • For a man with a broom wanting to make a clean sweep of city hall, one couldn't ask for a better place to start.
  • Back in the heady dotcom days, it seemed as though online polling was poised to make a clean sweep of market research - revolutionizing the way companies conducted quantitative and qualitative research.
2Win all of a group of similar or related sporting competitions, events, or matches: Annadale are almost certain of making a clean sweep of the male athletics competitions
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  • Zambia squash aces dominated the recently-ended East Africa squash safari circuit, by making a clean sweep of all three titles on the Kenya tour.
  • It was Cooke's first appearance at the Sportcity venue since making a clean sweep of the national youth titles over seven years ago.
  • Thus he made a clean sweep of all the events he participated in.
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