sweep away


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sweep (someone or something) away

1. Literally, to brush, push, or carry someone or something away. The giant wave swept the entire road away. The hurricane's winds were so strong that they swept away a number of people out into the sea. He swept the papers away in anger.
2. To eliminate or dispose of someone or something quickly and decisively. The returning champions 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. He swept the papers away in anger.
See also: away, sweep

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.
See also: away, sweep

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.
See also: away, sweep