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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

v.
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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So convincing are the procedural details that, along with the fascinating forensics, the intricacies of the case sweep you away - right back to the 1940s.
Give it time and it will sweep you away. Any more fragile and it'll break.
Their mix of rock riffs and Greg's dreamy falsetto vocals don't so much sweep you away as grab you by the ears and lift you sky-high, and what started off as head-nodding and feet-tapping soon escalated to full-on boogying.
Armpit (real name: Theodore Johnson), late of (Corrections) Camp Green Lake, is determined to follow his counselor's advice: take small steps to turn your life around; if you take large steps, the current can sweep you away. His mistake is in listening to his friend X-Ray, who is sure they can make a fortune reselling tickets to pop star Kaira DeLeon's upcoming concert.
After a country folk interlude and a harken back to twang-style dark rock, they let loose into majestic, guitar-scarred soundscapes that'll sweep you away. Now nine years into their topsy turvey career, Starsailor have reached a new peak with an album of stunning elegance and presence.
Local resident Alan Morton, 49, said: "People think the water is benign, but there are serious undercurrents around here that can just sweep you away in the blink of an eye."