A clean sweep

What does "A clean sweep" mean?

Today it means: Start again, everything re-newed.

This comes from when a giant wave would crash over the sides and sweep the decks taking everything with it. A clean sweep of the decks would often mean that the crew would need to re-build and re-place everything that was lost, in effect, starting again.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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