One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Win every event or prize in a contest.
come first, finish first, be the winner, be victorious, be the victor, carry the day, win the day, carry all before one, defeat the opposition, overcome the opposition, take the crown, take the honours, gain the palm, come out ahead, come out on top, succeed, triumph, prevail, achieve masteryView synonyms
- ‘Students from George Ward School in Melksham swept the board with a successful company selling personalised t-shirts.’
- ‘Honours went to a team from Nationwide building society in Swindon, which scooped the business trophy, while teams from the military swept the board in other events.’
- ‘American Beauty swept the board, a triumph of thoughtful, provocative cinema over Hollywood's usual predictable bilge.’
- ‘Last year the band swept the board at the Hardraw Scar contest.’
- ‘If there were any awards on offer for good honest endeavour, Scotland would have swept the board more comprehensively than Titanic at the Oscars.’
- ‘A thrilled young champion has swept the board at a national sports contest after overcoming his difficulties.’
- ‘Manchester has swept the board at a prestigious design awards, winning eight out of nine honours for stunning new buildings across the whole of the north west.’
- ‘Young entrepreneurs at a Clitheroe school have swept the board in the local heat of a top business competition with a computer car that motors around classrooms.’
- ‘Neil Todd, of Gosforth, near Seascale, almost swept the board with 16 first prizes, including best vegetable exhibit.’
- ‘The BBC soap swept the board at this weekend's British Soap Awards, taking 10 of the 16 prizes, including the evening's top award for Best Soap.’
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