sweep down

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sweep down

1. To rush, flow, or pour down (something). A great flood of water swept down the ravine. A frigid wind swept down from the summit, chilling us to our bones.
2. To clean or clear something by brushing its surface very lightly and quickly, as with a broom or brush. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "down." Make sure you sweep the floor down before you begin mopping, or you'll just smear dirt around. She swept down the ancient tombstone so she could decipher the inscriptions.
See also: down, sweep

sweep something down

to clean something by sweeping. Please sweep this floor down whenever you make a mess here. Jeff will sweep down the floor before he goes home.
See also: down, sweep
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They gathered on the walls of the closet where I could sweep them down into a dustpan and empty them outside.