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To brush off or away, typically dirt or litter
“The heaviest burdens lay on city work crews, who had to sweep dirt from the gutters and municipal swimming pools.”
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To arc or turn away from a straight line or course
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“Mountains sweep across the horizon to the south and east, ranging far and wide above the trees.”
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To move or proceed with a given movement or momentum
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“Occasionally, a breeze would sweep across the knoll, suggesting movement when there was none.”
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To move (through an area or place) swiftly
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“In the meantime, another fresh army would sweep down the Belgian coast behind the Allies' flank.”
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To spread (through an area or place) widely
“A fire would sweep through the forest, taking out large numbers of trees and shrubs.”
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To engulf or affect (an area or place) swiftly and widely
“The stage had been set for the rise of big-band swing that would sweep the nation in the mid-1930s.”
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To move or push (someone or something) with great force
“He allowed the crowd to sweep him along in their stampede, helpless to do anything else, and was carried outside.”
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To search or scan for something
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“Snake then carefully avoids the search tower spotlights which sweep the area under the beady eye of the armed guards.”
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To move in a proud and majestic fashion
“She would sweep into the room like a queen with a rustle of silk petticoats, and immediately backs were straightened, heads went up, and we tried to stand like guardsmen on parade.”
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Look over, scrutinize lightly
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To touch or come into contact with lightly and typically fleetingly
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To move or be moved in a particular direction by water
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To push roughly
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To wave (something) about, especially to attract attention
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Cut down
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Hit repeatedly with small missiles or gunshot
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Look, search for over a wide area
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Proceed without effort to achieve something
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To aimlessly move or drift from place to place
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To move somewhere in a slow and steady way
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(especially of waves) To sweep or splash in a particular direction
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To remove or clear a block or obstruction from
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(often "triumph over") To prevail over rivals, challenges, or difficulties
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To (excessively) boast about one's accomplishments, qualities, or possessions
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Draw in a specified direction by creating a vacuum
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Move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles
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Touch with tongue
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The range or scope of something
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“By turning your head, you seemed to take in the whole sweep of Irish history, from the Vikings to the plantation.”
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A long, typically curved stretch of road, river, or land
“Mobutu stared out over the chocolate-brown sweep of the Congo river and remembered his father.”
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A comprehensive search or survey of a place or area
“Police officers conducted a sweep of the area hoping to apprehend the attackers, but to no avail.”
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A long, swift curving movement
“She couldn't resist playing along, dipping into a deep curtsey and giving a wide sweep of her hand.”
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A physically curved part of a path or structure
“A tree-lined driveway ends in a sweep in front of Old Hall.”
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A lottery in which the stakes of the participants make up the prize
“There's a lot on the line in the office sweep, not the least of which is bragging rights.”
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A move or journey through an area
“The Marines ended their sweep through the Demilitarized Zone on the eve of the truce, but quickly thrust back into it when a battalion of Marines to the south was hit by fire.”
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The act or process of analyzing or assessing information
“Both of our approaches require only one sweep of the data and generate models that compress the data up to 94%.”
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The act of prolonging
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The breaking of waves on a shore
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A view or prospect
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A sudden quick movement
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A short pole with a broad blade at one or both ends, used without a rowlock to move a small boat or canoe through the water
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An amount of time or a particular time interval during which something happens
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An act of sweeping or clearing away with a brush or with one's hand
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Banded damselfish
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Scope for freedom of action or thought
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An instance of winning or having success
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A range of different things
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Swoop or drop
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A raid or search conducted on a premise, typically due to illegal activity
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An easy victory
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Chimney cleaner
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A curved or circular path or movement
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A particular part of the range of a voice or instrument
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A boat's course relative to the direction of the wind
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Visual field
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The action of seizing someone and taking them into custody
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Regression; decline
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The act or instance of defeating
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