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sweepsweep1 /swiːp/ ●●● W3 verb (past tense and past participle swept /swept/) πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 clean something [transitive]DHC to clean the dust, dirt etc from the floor or ground, using a brush with a long handle syn brush πŸ”Š Bert swept the path in front of the house.sweep something off/out/up etc πŸ”Š Will you sweep the leaves off the patio?2 push something somewhere [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to move things from a surface with a brushing movement πŸ”Š I swept the papers quickly into the drawer.3 push somebody/something with force [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to force someone or something to move in a particular direction πŸ”Š The windsurfer was swept out to sea. πŸ”Š Jessie was swept along by the angry crowd.4 group moves [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a group of people or animals sweep somewhere, they quickly move there togethersweep through/along etc πŸ”Š The crowd swept through the gates of the stadium.5 wind/waves etc [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]DN if winds, waves, fire etc sweep a place or sweep through, across etc a place, they move quickly and with a lot of force πŸ”Š Thunderstorms swept the country.sweep across/through etc πŸ”Š Ninety-mile per hour winds swept across the plains.6 become popular [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] writtenPOPULAR if an idea, feeling, or activity sweeps a group of people or a place, it quickly becomes very popular or commonsweep the country/nation/state etc πŸ”Š a wave of nationalism sweeping the countrysweep across/through etc πŸ”Š the latest craze sweeping through the teenage population7 feeling [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a feeling sweeps over you, you are suddenly affected by itsweep over πŸ”Š A feeling of isolation swept over me.8 person [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]WALK if someone sweeps somewhere, they move quickly and confidently, especially because they are impatient or like to seem importantsweep into/through etc πŸ”Š Eva swept into the meeting and demanded to know what was going on.9 politics [intransitive, transitive]WIN to win an election easily and in an impressive waysweep to power/victory πŸ”Š Nixon and Agnew swept to victory with 47 million votes. πŸ”Š Herrera was swept into office on the promise of major reforms.10 sports [transitive] American English to win all of the games in a series of games against a particular team πŸ”Š Houston swept Orlando to become NBA champions.11 β†’ sweep the board12 form a curve [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]AVTURN to form a long curved shapesweep down/along etc πŸ”Š The hills swept down to the sea.13 look [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]LOOK AT to look quickly at all of something πŸ”Š The general’s eyes swept the horizon.sweep over/across/around etc πŸ”Š the beam from the lighthouse sweeping across the sea14 β†’ sweep somebody off their feet15 β†’ sweep/brush something under the carpet16 hair [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to pull your hair back from your facesweep something back/up πŸ”Š Kerry swept her hair back into a ponytail. β†’ sweep somebody along β†’ sweep something ↔ aside β†’ sweep somebody/something away β†’ sweep upβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
sweepβ€’ You couldn't bear the thought of a chit of a girl sweeping in and scooping the jackpot.β€’ He kind of swept me off my feet.β€’ Phillario has already wished that the rain would sweep Mira away, and now Corydon is intent on getting rid of weeds.β€’ Strong waves swept the boy out into the surf.β€’ Linda swept the coins into her purse.β€’ The Democrats had swept the fall elections and were about to take control of the Senate.β€’ When everyone had left, Ed swept the floor.β€’ I just finished sweeping the kitchen floor.β€’ Just ask the experts, the cops who sweep them up afterward.β€’ Can you help me sweep up all the pieces of glass?β€’ While the keen amateurs struggle with maggots and nets on the bank ... these professionals cruise by sweeping up.sweep through/along etcβ€’ The line will sweep through a plane, and the circles will sweep through spheres.β€’ The wind sweeps through and the hunched wolf shivers.β€’ He had been swept along by Tommy's drunken madness.β€’ Hundreds of local Dayaks have been sweeping through the city of Palangkaraya looking for settlers from the island of Madura.β€’ I had made up my mind at the Scenic Overlook to make a clean sweep through the house.β€’ The week before, a monsoonal deluge had swept through the river valley.β€’ The flood exploded into the Santa Clara River, turned right, and swept through the valley toward the ocean.β€’ The sunlight glimmered off these blades and when the sea breeze swept through they rippled like sequins on a party dress.sweep across/through etcβ€’ The line will sweep through a plane, and the circles will sweep through spheres.β€’ Relief swept through her, followed immediately by anger.β€’ Any dust or dirt was simply swept through the cracks and fell on the livestock below.β€’ I had made up my mind at the Scenic Overlook to make a clean sweep through the house.β€’ It was 1964, the civil rights movement was sweeping across the land, all the way into the halls of Congress.β€’ The wind sighed again as it swept through the ruined temple, and a little shudder went through Caroline.β€’ The sunlight glimmered off these blades and when the sea breeze swept through they rippled like sequins on a party dress.sweep across/through etcβ€’ The line will sweep through a plane, and the circles will sweep through spheres.β€’ Relief swept through her, followed immediately by anger.β€’ Any dust or dirt was simply swept through the cracks and fell on the livestock below.β€’ I had made up my mind at the Scenic Overlook to make a clean sweep through the house.β€’ It was 1964, the civil rights movement was sweeping across the land, all the way into the halls of Congress.β€’ The wind sighed again as it swept through the ruined temple, and a little shudder went through Caroline.β€’ The sunlight glimmered off these blades and when the sea breeze swept through they rippled like sequins on a party dress.sweep into/through etcβ€’ The line will sweep through a plane, and the circles will sweep through spheres.β€’ Relief swept through her, followed immediately by anger.β€’ She seldom would merely walk into our class but seemed always to sweep into it.β€’ Accelerating down Goodwood's pit straight and sweeping into Madgwick Corner in this car is enough to convince you of that.β€’ These chunks were swept into the entrance of the Niagara River, where the current bore them downstream.β€’ When you sweep through the house guzzling gin.β€’ The mess of pizza fragments, uneaten chips, beer-cans, papers, had been swept into the litter bin.swept into officeβ€’ In addition to winning the presidency Carey also swept into office with him every member of his reformist slate of candidates.sweep down/along etcβ€’ Had he merely been swept along by the force of her own impulsive feelings?β€’ He had been swept along by Tommy's drunken madness.β€’ Maggie came upon a pile of massive boulders, which had been swept down off the hills.β€’ He is sweeping along on a tide of revisionism.β€’ He swept down the gorge, circled round, and made a second pass at the Falls to lose altitude.β€’ Characters made their entrances from the two lifts and swept down the stairs to their appointed places.β€’ As we swept down to the seam in the old iron lift we all grabbed each other's hands in simultaneous panic.β€’ A thick hedge shielded her from the field which swept down towards the foot of the embankment.sweep over/across/around etcβ€’ As he got closer I could hear his breathing as well, and I saw his pink tongue sweep across his lips.β€’ But on my way down the stairs, guilt sweeps over me.β€’ The joy of having the upper hand swept over me.β€’ A polar airstream has swept across the country on strong north-westerly winds.β€’ The armies of Chaos had overrun Kislev and looked set to sweep over the lands of men.β€’ But as they slept, a thunderstorm swept over the pass.β€’ I turned in my chair to watch Tamar sweep across the room in her silk pyjamas.β€’ Darren Sadler, 25, from Cleveleys Lancs was killed when he was swept over the sea wall in Blackpool.