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sweep

verb
 
 
/swiːp/ ( past tense and past participle swept)
CLEAN [I, T] ( also sweep up) B2 to clean the floor using a brush: She's just swept the floor. He swept up the pieces of broken glass (= removed them from the floor with a brush).Cleaning and tidying places and things
be swept along/away, etc B2 to be pushed or carried along, often by something strong that you cannot control: Many trees were swept away in the flood. They got swept along by the crowd.Pushing and shovingMoving quickly
AFFECT [I, T] to quickly affect a large area: The disease is sweeping the country. Panic swept through the crowd.Spreading and scattering
sweep along/into/past, etc to move quickly, especially in a way that shows you think you are important: She swept past me in the corridor.Moving quickly
(Definition of sweep verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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