sweep away


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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

v.
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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2--color) The Black Beauty is equipped with a broom to sweep away tire tracks, rocket launchers and a hose to shoot out oil.
The stimulators massage gums and increase circulation while the CrissCross bristles work to lift out and sweep away plaque between teeth and along the gum line.
The Tories have announced plans to sweep away red tape and free businesses from bureaucracy.