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English definition of “sweep”

sweep

verb [T always + adv/prep] (REMOVE)   /swip/ (past tense and past participle swept  /swept/)
to remove or take something in a particular direction, esp. suddenly and with force: She paused, sweeping a hair from her brow. [M] Floodwaters were sweeping away gardens and driving residents to higher ground.
(Definition of sweep verb (REMOVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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