an implement for sweeping, consisting of a brush of straw or stiff strands of synthetic material bound tightly to the end of a long handle.
any shrubby plant belonging to the genus Genista or the genus Cytisus, of the legume family, especially C. scoparius, common in Western Europe on uncultivated ground and having long, slender branches bearing yellow flowers.
Building Trades. the crushed and spread part at the head of a wooden pile after driving.
to sweep:
Broom the porch.
to splinter or fray mechanically.
to crush and spread the top of (a piling, tent peg, etc.) by pounding or driving with a hammer or the like.
to brush (freshly poured concrete) with a broom to give a nonskid surface, as to walks or driveways.
(of a piling, tent peg, etc.) to be crushed and spread at the top from being driven.
Contemporary Examples

A Nuclear Meltdown Survivor Story Tony Doukopil March 16, 2011
A Mark Twain Christmas Story The Daily Beast December 23, 2009
Too Big to Succeed Christopher Buckley January 6, 2010
Egypt’s Million Man March Protesters to Mubarak: Resign Now Babak Dehghanpisheh January 31, 2011
I Got a Weed License in Minutes Daniela Drake June 23, 2014

Historical Examples

Paul Prescott’s Charge Horatio Alger
Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Red-Robin Jane Abbott
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith

an implement for sweeping consisting of a long handle to which is attached either a brush of straw, bristles, or twigs, bound together, or a solid head into which are set tufts of bristles or fibres
any of various yellow-flowered Eurasian leguminous shrubs of the genera Cytisus, Genista, and Spartium, esp C. scoparius
any of various similar Eurasian plants of the related genera Genista and Spartium
new broom, a newly appointed official, etc, eager to make changes
(transitive) to sweep with a broom
see: new broom sweeps clean


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