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sweep away

1. Literally, to brush, push, or carry someone or something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The giant wave swept the entire road away. The hurricane's winds were so strong that they swept away entire buildings. He swept the papers away in anger.
2. To eliminate or dispose of someone or something quickly and decisively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The returning champions have so far swept away every competitor with ease. The fracture in my leg swept my dreams of competing in the Olympics away in an instant.
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swept away

Awed or overwhelmed, typically in a positive way. We were simply swept away by the spectacle of the Grand Canyon, and ended up staying at the park much longer than we had planned.
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sweep someone or something away

to dispose of someone or something by pushing or brushing away. The waves nearly swept us away. The waves caused by the storm swept away all the debris on the beach.
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sweep away

1. To cause someone or something to be carried away by or as if by a current: The storm swept away the dock. The tornado swept the barn away. I was so swept away by the music that I forgot where I was for a moment.
2. To eliminate something all at once: The accident swept away all my dreams. When the school rejected my admissions application, I felt like they had swept all my hard work away in a matter of seconds.
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References in classic literature ?
Saxon had been merely startled at first, but the screaming panic broke her grip on herself and swept her away.
DAZED, bloodied and nursing a broken arm, a woman is led to safety after a giant wave swept her away as she stood on a harbour wall at the height of a storm.
3 (Petra) -- A woman died after floods swept her away right in front of her house in Wadi Ar-Rayan along a distance of more than three km, the Civil Defence Department (CDD) reported on Monday.
The mother rushed into the water to rescue her daughter but the waves overpowered her and swept her away too.
This ambitious debut novel begins with a soon-to-be married woman named Rakhee who, amid doubts about her upcoming nuptials, recalls the details of one childhood summer when her mother swept her away to India.
She died in 1994 at age 46 when a wave swept her away off the coast of California's Big Sur region.
Five years ago, when Disney animators began reworking a short feature called ``China Doll,'' the heroine was a waifish Chinese girl who fought a losing war against tyranny until a British soldier came and swept her away.
Mollie, who graces the cover of the latest issue of Company magazine, admits David swept her away after her two-year relationship with Andy Jones ended in February.
The current was very strong and as I approached her she lost her grip but I managed to grab her before the current swept her away.
But as she tried to reach the Scot, another wave swept her away along with two other tourists.