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noun [C] uk   /ˈswiːp.steɪk/ (informal sweep) us  
a type of gambling, often on a horse race, in which people pay a small amount of money and choose a particular horse, team, etc. The person who chooses the winning horse, team, etc. receives all the money paid by everyone else.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks
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