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sweep (something) under the mat

To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the mat. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the mat. Nothing will get resolved like that!
See also: mat, sweep

sweep (something) under the carpet

To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the carpet. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the carpet. Nothing will get resolved like that!
See also: carpet, sweep

sweep (something) under the rug

To ignore, deny, or conceal from public view or knowledge something that is embarrassing, unappealing, or damaging to one's reputation. Primarily heard in UK. The senator has been accused of trying to sweep his former drug use under the rug. You need to stop sweeping your problems under the rug. Nothing will get resolved like that!
See also: rug, sweep

sweep the board

To win all possible prizes or in all categories in a competition. Labour is expected to sweep the board in this district. James nearly swept the board at the award show—he took home seven different trophies!
See also: board, sweep

sweep the board

BRITISH
If someone sweeps the board in a competition or election, they win all the prizes or seats. The women's team has been quite outstanding, sweeping the board in swimming, diving, cycling and weight-lifting. The government swept the board in yesterday's first contested National Assembly elections. Note: This expression comes from card games where players place the money they are betting on a board or table. The image is of the winner sweeping his or her arm across the table to collect all the money.
See also: board, sweep
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A chimney professional normally provides sweeping that includes a very limited inspection of the chimney system's visible parts, known as a Level I inspection.
After sweeping all the streets in the Thursday route, he said, crews will move on to the Monday trash collection route, followed by the Tuesday, Friday and Wednesday trash collection areas.
Furthermore, sweeping requires little training or money for startup, so entering the occupation is easy.
Sweeping faster (greater brush head velocity) will also increase the heat generated causing a corresponding reduction in stone-ice friction.
If you have a gas fire chimney it still needs sweeping and to be looked at.
Two hundred seventy-four women were randomly assigned to receive membrane sweeping or no membrane sweeping at initiation of formal labor induction with either Cervadil[R] (dinoprostone pessary) or amniotomy (rupture of membranes).
Until they got caught, the Roman Catholic Church was so busy sweeping those guys under the rug that they ran out of rugs.
Thus, this again is consistent with the general rule that more correct data are obtained by sweeping from higher [I.
The prevailing techniques in the discus range from the wide sweeping leg (Wilkins) or the tight right (Powell).
How does one hold a barely detectable speck, bombard it with electrons, photons, or X-rays, and observe how it moves without disturbing, destroying, or sweeping the sample away?
With its familiar, manual-shaped brush head designed to compliment people's natural, back-and-forth brushing motion, Deep Sweep TRIACTION has a unique combination of sweeping and stationary bristles, and a dynamic angled power tip that cleans effectively in hard-to-reach areas.
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Judge Katz found, among other things that the sweeping fees generated almost $56 million dollars since 1981 and well over $7 million in 1991 alone.