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- n. A complete or overwhelming victory, especially one in which all or almost all possible electoral contests are won.
- n. The winning, by a person or team, of all the possible possible prizes, games, rounds or contests, etc in a competition, season or series.
- n. A thorough change of policies, personnel or things, removing or replacing all or almost all of what was there previously.
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And, perhaps, that if hope's anchor had not been well placed, ay, even where it could not be moved, the storms of life might have beaten even hope from her ground, and made a clean sweep of desolation over all she had left.
Lemesle was one Sunday at Werdet's place, engaged in revising the book, when Balzac arrived in an excited state of mind, and sprang on the astonished publisher the demand that their respective positions should be legally specified in writing, and a clean sweep made which should leave him perfectly free.
In the late fall of that year Emil Gluck made a clean sweep of the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Florida.