NAUTICAL SAYINGS CLEAN SWEEP
Friday May 15th, 2009
No it has nothing to do with brooms! The phrase often used to describe a complete change and in more recent years an overwhelming victory is derived from a term used following rough weather at sea. Sometimes waves swept over the decks of a ship, washing things overboard and basically shifting about anything that was not secured. This was referred to as a ‘clean sweep’! Geddit?