sweep over

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sweep over someone

1. Lit. to pass over and cover someone. The waves swept over us and nearly drowned us. The flood swept over the farmers who would not leave their homes.
2. Fig. [for something] to overwhelm someone. A wave of nausea swept over me and I guess I slumped to the floor. The need for fresh air swept over all of us trapped in that room.
See also: over, sweep