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  • v  sweep across or over
    A gasp swept cross the audience
  • v  move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
    The diva swept into the room
    The searchlights swept across the sky
  • v  sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
  • v  force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    They were swept up by the events
  • v  to cover or extend over an area or time period
  • v  clean by sweeping
  • v  win an overwhelming victory in or on
    Her new show dog swept all championships
  • v  cover the entire range of
  • v  make a big sweeping gesture or movement
  • a  possessing sweep
    the sleek swept wings of the plane

  • A tropical storm that swept through the Philippines over the weekend left 80% of the city underwater, dozens dead, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
  • Some cars were doubtless swept downstream, and police estimated that it would be a long timeif everuntil a full count could be made of the victims.
  • Two decades later, Waterman finally perfected, if that's the word, what he then called the Aerobile, configured as a swept-wing "pusher" (prop in the back).
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  • Gordon Brown in Globe and Mail
    I noticed that no one complained this week when, in Washington, Mr. Brown, describing the current fiscal situation, said: "An economic hurricane has swept the globe."
  • Maung Maung in 999 Today
    Burma's Minister for Relief and Resettlement Maung Maung Swe said: "The wave was up to 12ft [3.5m] high and it swept away and inundated half the houses in low-lying villages. They did not have anywhere to flee."
  • Tim Duncan in Monroe News Star
    We need to get one more, and that's it, however it comes,Duncan said. "We know they're going to come out this next game, they don't want to get swept."

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