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English definition of “sweeper”

sweeper

noun [C] (FOOTBALL)    /ˈswiː.pər/ US  /-pɚ/
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) .Football/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of sweeper noun (FOOTBALL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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