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sweep away

1. Literally, to brush, push, or carry someone or something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The giant wave swept the entire road away. The hurricane's winds were so strong that they swept away entire buildings. He swept the papers away in anger.
2. To eliminate or dispose of someone or something quickly and decisively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The returning champions have so far swept away every competitor with ease. The fracture in my leg swept my dreams of competing in the Olympics away in an instant.
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swept away

Awed or overwhelmed, typically in a positive way. We were simply swept away by the spectacle of the Grand Canyon, and ended up staying at the park much longer than we had planned.
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sweep someone or something away

to dispose of someone or something by pushing or brushing away. The waves nearly swept us away. The waves caused by the storm swept away all the debris on the beach.
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sweep away

1. To cause someone or something to be carried away by or as if by a current: The storm swept away the dock. The tornado swept the barn away. I was so swept away by the music that I forgot where I was for a moment.
2. To eliminate something all at once: The accident swept away all my dreams. When the school rejected my admissions application, I felt like they had swept all my hard work away in a matter of seconds.
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References in classic literature ?
This will sweep us away from Fakarava, and Fakarava is the place for the Pyrenees to find her bed.
We had to hold hands for the flood not to sweep us away," he said.
If we were to become homeless would we want society to help us to reestablish ourselves to live successful independently sustained lives, or to try to sweep us away with a sense of disdain?
He added: "The spiral of violence is going to become a whirlwind that will sweep us away.
It is only in the last year that a rail service has been restored to this forgotten part of South Wales - good news for those still living in the town, but no use to me or my friends, who spent too many years wishing the train could sweep us away from sleepy Llantwit.
What "spiritual" experiences, religious, artistic, or otherwise, have in common is their power, their capacity to grab us, to sweep us away emotionally in ways that "ordinary" life cannot or does not.
A lighter, brighter voice is really needed--Lois Marshall sang the premiere, and today, it would make a powerful piece for young Isabel Bayrakdarian--and for the only time on this wonderful recital, Forst doesn't sweep us away.
Unlike The Cape Ann, in which she steps aside and lets the power of the story sweep us away (make us forget that the car wouldn't start) she belabors this one at times to the point of annoyance.