sweep aside

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sweep aside

1. To push someone or something to one side, especially in an indifferent or disdainful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The bouncer swept us aside so the celebrity and her husband could come through the door. He along the path sweeping aside leaves and debris.
2. To belittle or disregard someone or something as being unimportant or untrue. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The president has continually swept aside claims of fiscal impropriety by members of his administration. I kept trying to raise these problems with the management team, but they swept me aside every time I spoke up.
3. To remove someone or something from competition, consideration, or a position of authority. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The military junta stormed the capital and swept aside parliament in a matter of hours. It was pretty remarkable to watch such an underdog team sweep the former champions aside so soundly.
See also: aside, sweep

sweep someone or something aside

to push or brush someone or something aside. The guards swept the spectators aside as the king's coach approached. They swept aside the spectators.
See also: aside, sweep

sweep aside

v.
1. To displace someone or something from consideration, contention, or relevance: Our team continues to sweep aside all competition as we head toward the finals. You can get things done in this city if you have enough money to sweep the law aside.
2. To refuse to accept or recognize something; reject something: The chief financial officer swept aside allegations of fraud. I considered the thought of quitting my job for a moment, but I quickly swept it aside.
See also: aside, sweep
References in classic literature ?
Most women grow weary of this daily struggle; they complain but they usually end by giving up to fate and taking what comes to them; Celestine's ambition, far from lessening, only increased through difficulties, and led her, when she found she could not conquer them, to sweep them aside. To her mind this complicated tangle of the affairs of life was a Gordian knot impossible to untie and which genius ought to cut.
BRENDAN RODGERS has challenged his Liverpool side to applaud the champions and then sweep them aside at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon.
BRENDAN RODGERS has challenged his Liverpool side to applaud champions Chelsea - then sweep them aside at Stamford Bridge.
Gregory certainly had no trouble against Corby, his treble helping sweep them aside 5-1 and put Town seventh in the Blue Square North table.
It is the greatest hypocrisy of all to demand so much of the nation's brave young men and women and then sweep them aside when they become a burden.
St Mirren have been beset by injuries this season and while they are improving, Inverness should sweep them aside.
McLaren faced Pau several times in his two-year sojourn in France, and is sure the Reds can not only sweep them aside, but also go on to complete the double next weekend.
Everton played well, but they didn't need to be anywhere near their best to sweep them aside.