"Drain the swamp" originally means to get rid of the malaria-carrying mosquitoes by draining the swamp. Figuratively, "drain the swamp" means "to exterminate something that is harmful" or anything that most of the people hate such as corruption or government waste. This term is especially attractive for politicians during campaign.
by vanderpol August 01, 2010
To 'drain the swamp" is to remove water from a fetid low-lying area to make room for the effluence of your own cesspool.
Donald Trump vowed to drain the swamp in Washington so he could fill it with the stool pigeons of the corrupt corporate elite
by Panoramaman December 21, 2016
A phrase used by political hacks to rally voters to their cause by promising to remove their respective governments of corrupt sycophants and replace them with corrupt sycophants that donated to their own political campaign. Typically results in a swampier swamp.
by Urban Odin January 17, 2017
by theironblitz March 04, 2017
by TheWizardProg February 09, 2017
by Taybaegay February 13, 2017
"I can't come in to work , I gotta stay close to the toilet because I need to drain the swamp all day."
by e-chuta December 21, 2016