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Wiktionary: a new broom sweeps clean
a new broom sweeps clean
1. New management will often make radical changes.
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…but an old broom knows the corners
Regarding the old saying, “A new broom sweeps clean,” my grandmother (1892 - 1971) went told that always added, “Yes, a new broom sweeps clean, but the old one knows the corners.” Is anyone else familiar with that extension or is it something she made up. Any comments would be appreciated. —This unsigned comment was added by Mushaquit (talk • contribs) 17:31, 19 September 2008 (UTC).
October 1871, Our Young Folks, “The Mouse and his Friends,” pg. 624:
“‘An old Broom knows where the crumbs are,’” said the Cricket.
15 April 1943, The Sun (Baltimore, MD), “Urges M’Keldin to show his hand: Jackson Calls On GOP Rival To State Qualifications For Running City,” pg. 34:
The Mayor, in response to a comment by his adversary that a new broom sweeps clean, declared that an “old broom knows where the corners are.”
18 April 1949, Boston (MA) Herald, “Six Braves Left from 1946” by Ed Cunningham, pg. 13, col. 7:
There is an old Irish saying that a new broom sweeps clean but an old broom knows all the corners, and Southworth had that in mind when he pointed the Braves toward the winning and defense of the pennant.
24 May 1962, Winnsboro (TX) News, pg. 2, col. 4:
“You know, Grandfather,” he concluded, “they say a new broom sweeps clean.”
The old man pondered for a time. “Yes, son,” he said, “I know they say a new broom sweeps clean. But an old broom knows where the dirt’s at.“‘
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18 April 1973, Miami (FL) News, “Dear Abby” by Abigail Van Buren syndicated advice column, pg. 1E, col. 4:
CONFIDENTIAL TO “READY FOR A NEW BROOM IN LAGUNA HILLS”: A new broom may sweep clean, but the old broom knows where the dirt is.
The Complete Book of Zingers
By Croft M. Pentz
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows where the dirt is.
By Wolfgang Mieder and Anna Tóthné Litovkina
Burlington, VT : University of Vermont
A new broom sweeps clean, but an old broom knows all the corners. (Barbour 1964: 292; DAP 72)
A new broom sweeps clean, but an old ...
A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows all the corners. (Irish Proverb) #quote
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