sweep off


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sweep off

to exit quickly. He stopped only briefly, then swept off again. Mary swept off, leaving Ted standing there confused.
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sweep something off (of) something

 and sweep something off
to remove something by sweeping. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The waiter swept the crumbs off the tablecloth. He swept off the crumbs.
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Use lens tissue, NSN 6640-00-663-0832, like a little broom to sweep off the lens.
A] men could run his hand over these piles of meat and sweep off handfuls of the dried dung of rats.
Waugh was dismissed in the day's sixth over when he palmed off the ball with his right hand as it appeared to be going towards the stumps following an attempted sweep off Harbhajan.
As ants climb the stick, the apes withdraw the tool; with a hand twist, they sweep off insects with their lips.
Designed to sweep off dead cells without harming healthy ones, the cleansers and toners, priced from pounds 3.
Wallace notes the early adjustments the NACA personnel had to make to the harsh desert climate, including having to sweep off their desks the dust that blew into the hangars.