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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 ?
It overrode the man to whom he talked, swept him away, swept all away, all who stood within sound of his voice.
The wreck struck the rock with one end, and swinging round, flung poor Clappine off into the raging stream, which swept him away, and he perished.
As on the first time, he restrained himself until his hunger for her overwhelmed him and swept him away in his red automobile to Berkeley.
The man who was immune to yellow fever was carried away by cholera; and if he were immune to that, too, the Black Death, which was the bubonic plague, swept him away.
They caught him in mid-step--one of those fancy steps which he was just beginning to exhume from the cobwebbed recesses of his memory--and swept him away.
Jessa Whitworth's ex-boyfriend, Caleb, was driving on a bridge during a storm when the bridge flooded and swept him away.
Major Obaid Ali Fadel, from Umm Al Quwain Police, who described the Nepalese man as an "inexperienced swimmer", added: "He swam into the deep water as he tried to join his friends and high waves swept him away.
Summary: The Sharjah Police have recovered the body of a Pakistani man, who had been missing after waves swept him away in Al Khan area on Saturday.
A powerful current swept him away from the shore on Shell Island, in Wales, along with his friends Joe Wilton, 58, and Adam Bradley, 15.
Summary: ABHA: A seven-year-old child was killed after a flash flood swept him away Thursday night in Mahail, Asir province.
The dead included an ambulance driver who had managed to rescue 20 of those on board the bus before the floods swept him away and he also drowned.
It is believed storm water and sewage released from a pumping station had swept him away.
A man trying to cross the Miramar creek has been reported as missing after the current swept him away," the authorities in Loreto, one of the Mexican municipalities Norbert tore through, said.
Dan tried to swim to me and I tried to grab his hands, but then the water swept him away.
Bryan Thanner, 49, was in the beach resort of Berruwela when the giant killer wave swept him away.