One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
People newly appointed to positions of responsibility tend to make far-reaching changes.‘the company seems set to make a fresh start under a new broom’
- ‘Now he has been caught out by the new boss, President Hu Jintao, which proves that a new broom sweeps clean even in China.’
- ‘New brooms tend to sweep clean, and new regime could spur Liverpool's players on to achieving what their forefathers did.’
- ‘They say a new broom sweeps clean, but in the case of Naas Rugby Club they are banking on old friends are best.’
- ‘Before the day ended, Romney was out there in costume scrubbing the streets - and his demonstration that a new broom sweeps clean must have pleased Republicans who see the Governor as presidential timber for 1964.’
- ‘New brooms sweep clean but old brooms know the corners.’
- ‘Martin spent much of the episode spouting incomprehensible rhetoric like, ‘there's a saying, a new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows the corners.’’
- ‘They say that a new broom sweeps clean and that's what Ballina Town Council are hoping for with the urban borders extended drastically in January, 2002.’
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