clean sweep

Definition of clean sweep

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 :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

clean play
  1. : free from dirt or pollution

  2. : free from contamination or disease

  3. : free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. : so as to clean

  2. : in a clean manner

  3. : all the way : completely

  1. : to make clean: such as

  2. : to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

  3. : to rid of corruption

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

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

  2. : to destroy completely : wipe out

  3. : to remove or take with a single continuous forceful action

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

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

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


Learn More about clean sweep

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of clean sweep


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