sweep1 W3S3 [swi:p] v past tense and past participle swept [swept]
1¦(clean something)¦
2¦(push something somewhere)¦
3¦(push somebody/something with force)¦
4¦(group moves)¦
5¦(wind/waves etc)¦
6¦(become popular)¦
11 sweep the board
12¦(form a curve)¦
14 sweep somebody off their feet
15 sweep/brush something under the carpet
Phrasal verbs
 sweep somebody along
 sweep something<=>aside
 sweep somebody/something away
 sweep up
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Probably from sweop, the past tense of Old English swapan 'to sweep']
to clean the dust, dirt etc from the floor or ground, using a brush with a long handle
= ↑brush
Bert swept the path in front of the house.
sweep sth off/out/up etc
Will you sweep the leaves off the patio?
2.) ¦(PUSH SOMETHING SOMEWHERE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to move things from a surface with a brushing movement
I swept the papers quickly into the drawer.
3.) ¦(PUSH SOMEBODY/SOMETHING WITH FORCE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to force someone or something to move in a particular direction
The windsurfer was swept out to sea.
Jessie was swept along by the angry crowd.
4.) ¦(GROUP MOVES)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a group of people or animals sweep somewhere, they quickly move there together
sweep through/along etc
The crowd swept through the gates of the stadium.
5.) ¦(WIND/WAVES ETC)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
if winds, waves, fire etc sweep a place or sweep through, across etc a place, they move quickly and with a lot of force
Thunderstorms swept the country.
sweep across/through etc
90 mile per hour winds swept across the plains.
6.) ¦(BECOME POPULAR)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
written if an idea, feeling, or activity sweeps a group of people or a place, it quickly becomes very popular or common
sweep the country/nation/state etc
a wave of nationalism sweeping the country
sweep across/through etc
the latest craze sweeping through the teenage population
7.) ¦(FEELING)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a feeling sweeps over you, you are suddenly affected by it
sweep over
A feeling of isolation swept over me.
8.) ¦(PERSON)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if someone sweeps somewhere, they move quickly and confidently, especially because they are impatient or like to seem important
sweep into/through etc
Eva swept into the meeting and demanded to know what was going on.
9.) ¦(POLITICS)¦ [I and T]
to win an election easily and in an impressive way
sweep to power/victory
Nixon and Agnew swept to victory with 47 million votes.
Herrera was swept into office two years ago.
10.)¦(SPORTS)¦ [T]
AmE to win all of the games in a series of games against a particular team
Houston swept Orlando to become NBA champions.
11.) sweep the board
BrE to win everything that can be won, especially very easily
12.) ¦(FORM A CURVE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to form a long curved shape
sweep down/along etc
The hills swept down to the sea.
13.) ¦(LOOK)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to look quickly at all of something
The General's eyes swept the horizon.
sweep over/across/around etc
the beam from the lighthouse sweeping across the sea
14.) sweep sb off their feet
to make someone feel suddenly and strongly attracted to you in a romantic way
Jill's been swept off her feet by an older man.
15.) sweep/brush sth under the carpet also sweep sth under the rug AmE
to try to keep something a secret, especially something you have done wrong
16.) ¦(HAIR)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to pull your hair back from your face
sweep sth back/up
Kerry swept her hair back into a ponytail.
sweep along [sweep sb along] phr v
to ↑sweep someone ↑away
sweep aside [sweep sth<=>aside] phr v
to refuse to pay attention to something someone says
Branson swept all the objections aside.
sweep away [sweep sb/sth away] phr v
1.) sweep sth<=>away
to completely destroy something or make something disappear
houses swept away by the floods
A sudden feeling of grief swept all my anger away.
2.) sweep sb away also sweep sb along [usually passive]
if a feeling or idea sweeps you away or along, you are so excited that you do not think clearly or you forget about other things
We couldn't help being swept away by Bette's enthusiasm.
19th century scientists were swept along on the tide of Darwin's theories.
sweep up phr v
1.) to clean the dust, dirt etc from the floor or ground using a brush with a long handle
The janitor was just sweeping up as I left the building.
sweep sth<=>up
Jan was sweeping up the bits of paper and broken glass.
2.) sweep sb<=> up
to pick someone up in one quick movement
Harriet swept the child up in her arms and hugged her.
sweep 2
sweep2 n
1.) a long swinging movement of your arm, a weapon etc
With a single sweep of his sword, he cut through the rope.
2.) [usually singular] BrE
the act of cleaning a room with a long-handled brush
The kitchen needs a good sweep.
3.) the sweep of sth
a) a long curved line or area of land
the wide sweep of lawn
b) the many different and important ideas, events, or qualities of something
the broad sweep of history
4.) [usually singular]
a search or attack that moves over a large area
He watched the helicopter make a sweep over the beach.
5.) the sweeps also sweeps month/period
AmE a period of time during the year when television stations try to find out which shows are the most popular
6.) AmE a series of several games that one team wins against another team
7.) a ↑chimney sweep
clean sweep atclean1 (14)

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