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clean sweep

Definition of clean sweep

  1. 1 :  a victory in which one side or team wins every game, contest, etc. <The Red Sox won the series in a clean sweep.> <The election was a clean sweep for local Democratic candidates.>

  2. 2 :  a complete change in something <The new governor has made a clean sweep of the staff in the governor's mansion.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  free from dirt or pollution

    :  free from contamination or disease

    :  free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. :  so as to clean

    :  in a clean manner

    :  all the way :  completely

  1. :  to make clean: as

    :  to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

    :  to rid of corruption

  1. :  an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

  1. :  to remove from a surface with or as if with a broom or brush

    :  to destroy completely :  wipe out

    :  to remove or take with a single continuous forceful action

  1. :  something that sweeps or works with a sweeping motion: as

    :  a long pole or timber pivoted on a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well

    :  a triangular cultivator blade that cuts off weeds under the soil surface

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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of clean sweep

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a sculptured or ornamented band

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