clean sweep


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

Examples of clean sweep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pagonis went a step further and predicted a clean sweep for big tech. IEEE Spectrum, 16 May 2024 Swift traffics in numbers beyond comprehension – a tour that generates $1 billion in domestic ticket sales, a clean sweep of Billboard’s Top 5, a 10-minute song topping the chart in an era of TikTok attention spans – but her greatest feat may arrive on Super Bowl Sunday. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 White recently completed a clean sweep of this year’s TV awards season, winning an Emmy for his work on season 1 of The Bear and a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics Choice Award for his performance on season 2 of the show. Staff Author,, 6 Mar. 2024 Female artists made a clean sweep of the three awards for international artists (that is, artists who hail from outside the U.K.). Paul Grein, Billboard, 2 Mar. 2024 Killer Mike is still on a victory lap following a clean sweep at the recent Grammy Awards, and on Monday that tour placed him on a panel at The View. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 The 49ers finished off a clean sweep of the NFC's other playoff teams. Josh Dubow, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 The clean sweep of the square did not last for long, however. Roger Owen, Foreign Affairs, 6 Aug. 2013 Swift has a clean sweep of the top three, as former No. 1 Midnights bolts 8-2 (11,000; up 91%) following its double win at the Grammy Awards (Feb. 4) for album of the year and best pop vocal album, plus Swift’s chart-topping Lover rises 4-3 with nearly 11,000 sold (up 51%). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024

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“Clean sweep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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