sweep into (something)
1. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to move something into something or some place all at once. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." We need to sweep all these crumbs into the trash before we can set the table for dinner. Don't just sweep the dirt into the corner and leave it there!
2. To push, pull, or carry someone or something into something or some place all at once with a continuous force or movement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." The downpour swept all our crops into the river. The clothes that had been drying outside were swept into the neighbors' yard by the strong winds.
3. To arrive at or come into some position or status very suddenly and thoroughly. The political party swept into power following the attack and quickly began rewriting the country's laws to consolidate their control of the government, all in the name of securing the population against the enemy. The underdog team was never expected to even make the playoffs, but after sweeping into the semi-finals in such spectacular fashion, many are starting to favor them to win the whole championship.
4. To cause or enable someone or something to arrive at or come into some position or status thoroughly, decisively, and abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." The victory sweeps their party into a majority in the senate for the first time in ten years.
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sweep someone into somethingand sweep someone in
to place someone into an elective position decisively. The decisive victory swept all the candidates of the reform party into office. The victory swept in the candidates.
sweep something into somethingand sweep something in
to move something into something or some place by sweeping. Liz swept the crumbs into the dish. Liz held the dish and swept in the crumbs.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To cause something or someone to reach some position decisively or swiftly: The torrential rains swept the houses into the valley below. Their strong campaign swept the candidate into office.
2. To reach some position decisively or swiftly: The Republican Party swept into power. The horse came from behind and swept into first place.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.