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English definition of “sweep”

sweep

verb [T usually + adv/prep] (REMOVE)    /swiːp/ (swept, swept)
B2 to remove and/or take in a particular direction , especially in a fast and powerful way: A large wave swept away half the sandcastle . She swept the pile of papers and books into her bag . The boat was swept out to sea (= away from land ) by the tide . Government troops swept aside the rebel forces (= caused them to move away from the area in which they were).Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of things
(Definition of sweep verb (REMOVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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