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sweeping

adjective
     
sweep‧ing
1 affecting many things, or making an important difference to something
sweeping changes/cuts/reforms etc
They want to make sweeping changes to education policies.
2 [only before noun] including a lot of information about something:
a sweeping look at European history
3

sweeping statement/generalization

a statement etc that is too general and that does not consider all the facts - used to show disapproval:
sweeping generalizations about women drivers
4 forming a curved shape:
the sweeping curve of the driveway
a sweeping gesture
5

sweeping victory

the winning of an election by a large number of votes:
a sweeping victory for Labour

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