sweep out of (something or some place)

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sweep out of (something or some place)

1. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to clear something out of something or some place all at once. A noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "out." You'll need to sweep all this dust out of the computer before you start working on it. The barber swept the hair clippings out of the room.
2. To push, pull, or carry someone or something out of something or some place all at once with a continuous force or movement. A noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "out." The gust of wind swept the papers out of my hands and scattered them all around the park. The huge flash flood swept the unfortunate hikers right out of the valley.
3. To force someone or something to leave some position or status very quickly, thoroughly, and unequivocally. A noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "out." Often used in passive constructions. The political party was swept out of power after numerous defeats in congressional elections around the country. The shocking defeat swept last year's champions out of the playoffs in the very first round.
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sweep someone or something out of something

 and sweep someone or something out
to remove or brush someone or something from something or some place. The voters swept the crooks out of office. We swept out the dirt.
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sweep out of some place

to exit from some place quickly with style or grace. The famous actress swept out of the room in a grand fashion. She swept out of her dressing room and walked on stage just as her cue was uttered.
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