clean sheet


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clean sheet

n
(General Sporting Terms) sport an instance of conceding no goals or points in a match or competition (esp in the phrase keep a clean sheet)
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He began with a clean sheet, mentally; had no memories left in his mind of what he had been.
I was officially introduced to the debate at the height of the squabble; and found myself one of a large party in a small room, sitting round a long table, each man of us with a new pewter inkstand, a new quill pen, and a clean sheet of foolscap paper before him.
Almost surreptitiously she slipped a clean sheet in front of her, and her hand, descending, began drawing square boxes halved and quartered by straight lines, and then circles which underwent the same process of dissection.
The Third Three conspired over whiskey cocktails and a clean sheet of note-paper against the British Empire and all that lay therein.
In one was depicted the "Illustrious Coxcomb" receiving a shower of blows from Cardinal Bentivoglio, whose servant he had been; another, the "Illustrious Mazarin" acting the part of Ignatius Loyola in a tragedy of that name; a third, the "Illustrious Mazarin" stealing the portfolio of prime minister from Monsieur de Chavigny, who had expected to have it; a fourth, the "Illustrious Coxcomb Mazarin" refusing to give Laporte, the young king's valet, clean sheets, and saving that "it was quite enough for the king of France to have clean sheets every three months.
The sick man himself, washed and combed, lay in clean sheets on high raised pillows, in a clean night-shirt with a white collar about his astoundingly thin neck, and with a new expression of hope looked fixedly at Kitty.
Aunt Jane was in the linen closet upstairs, sorting out the clean sheets and pillow cases for Saturday, and Rebecca sought comfort from her.
There was a stewardess, too, actively engaged in producing clean sheets and table-cloths from the very entrails of the sofas, and from unexpected lockers, of such artful mechanism, that it made one's head ache to see them opened one after another, and rendered it quite a distracting circumstance to follow her proceedings, and to find that every nook and corner and individual piece of furniture was something else besides what it pretended to be, and was a mere trap and deception and place of secret stowage, whose ostensible purpose was its least useful one.
And Ederson was robbed of one shut-out when he was forced off by injury just before half-time in the 5-0 romp against Liverpool - to class as a clean sheet, the keeper has to stay on the field for the full 90 minutes without conceding.
But the Boro boss said: "The clean sheet against Leeds was as pleasing to me as the three goals.
Hopefully, we can be better defensively and get a clean sheet again.
As a team, that is what we have tried to do - it is not just the back four or five it is the whole team working hard to try and keep the clean sheet and give ourselves the best opportunity to go up the other end and score a goal.