make a clean sweep






make a clean sweep

remove all unwanted people or things ready to start afresh

win all of a group of similar or related sporting competitions, events or matches.


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clean as a whistle

extremely clean or clear

free of incriminating evidence – informal



a clean bill of health

a declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy or something is in good condition

In the mid 18th century, a bill of health was an official certificate given to the master of a ship on leaving port. If clean, it certified that there was no infection either in the port or on board the vessel.



a clean sheet = a clean sheet slate

an absence of existing restraints or commitments

2003 - Guardian - Given a clean slate and an impressive budget, I would love to programme a festival that exposed audiences to completely new forms of music making at their best and most diverse.



clean his clock

give someone a beating

defeat or surpass someone decisively - North American informal

Clock is used here in the slang sense of face.



clean house

eliminate corruption or inefficiency - North American



clean up your act

behave in a more acceptable manner – informal



come clean

be completely honest and frank – informal



have clean hands = keep your hands clean

be uninvolved and blameless with regard to an immoral act.



keep a clean sheet

(in a football match) prevent the opposing side from scoring.



keep your nose clean

stay out of trouble - Informal



make a clean breast of something = make a clean breast of it

confess your mistakes or wrongdoings.

In former times, many people believed that the breast or chest was where a person's conscience was located. The breast is still used metaphorically to represent the seat of the emotions.



Mr. Clean

an honourable or incorruptible politician.



take someone to the cleaners

take all of someone's money or possessions in a dishonest or unfairway

inflict a crushing defeat on someone.




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