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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 ?
The young suddenly disperse on your approach, at a signal from the mother, as if a whirlwind had swept them away, and they so exactly resemble the dried leaves and twigs that many a traveler has placed his foot in the midst of a brood, and heard the whir of the old bird as she flew off, and her anxious calls and mewing, or seen her trail her wings to attract his attention, without suspecting their neighborhood.
Sixteen among the victims are said to be offering prayers in the mosque when flooding water swept them away.
On Sunday, three persons, including a six-year-old girl, died when a flash flood swept them away in a mountainside resort in Majayjay.
GRENOBLE, France: Seven people were killed Tuesday when an avalanche swept them away in the French Alps, a local official told AFP, the deadliest snowslide to hit the popular mountain range this year.
TEHRAN (FNA)- At least eight people were killed near Utah's border with Arizona when flash floods triggered by heavy rain in nearby canyons swept them away in their cars, local officials said.
Remember how we felt when we swept them away in those opening 20 minutes at Anfield?
Seven people were killed when a swollen river swept them away in Dang
The youngsters were identified as Arshad s/o Siraj and Naveed s/o Muhammad Ali were enjoying their bath in River Swat suddenly the gashing water swept them away from the bank to the deep water resultantly both were drowned to death, police said.
They had plunged into the waves then the powerful incoming tide swept them away before they could get back up.
RAJANPUR, July 27 -- Seven people including 5 children were killed as flash flood swept them away in Rajanpur.
Blackfyne Blues were unable to do anything about the Storm warning which swept them away in the Under-10 Division.
The couple were in Thailand when the giant wave swept them away.
A RESCUER who tried to save four miners killed in September's Welsh pit disaster told Prince Charles yesterday how a "tsunami" swept them away.
Mary and Kenny Hall, from Bootle, died on October 20 near Benidorm when flash floods swept them away.
RAJANPUR, July 27, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Seven people including 5 children were killed as flash flood swept them away in Rajanpur.