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English definition of “sweeper”

sweeper

noun [C] uk   /ˈswiː.pər/ us    /-pɚ/

sweeper noun [C] (CLEANING)

someone or something that sweeps something clean: a carpet sweeper (= a machine for cleaning carpets) a road sweeper (= a person whose job is cleaning the roads)

sweeper noun [C] (FOOTBALL)

In football, a sweeper is a player whose position is behind the other defenders (= players whose main aim is to stop points from being scored) .
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