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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. 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. Primarily heard in UK. 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 (someone or something) away

1. Literally, to brush, push, or carry someone or something away. The giant wave swept the entire road away. The hurricane's winds were so strong that they swept away a number of people out into the sea. He swept the papers away in anger.
2. To eliminate or dispose of someone or something quickly and decisively. The returning champions 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. He swept the papers away in anger.
See also: away, 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

sweep the board

win all the money in a gambling game; win all possible prizes or rewards.
See also: board, sweep

sweep the ˈboard

win all or most of the prizes, games, money, etc: At the awards ceremony last night France swept the board, with six major prizes.
See also: board, sweep
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The fine for interfering with street sweeping is $50.
However if during sweeping the longitudinal axis of the brush head is parallel to the direction of stone travel (as illustrated in Figure 2) there is greatest chance that part of the brush head will sweep the same area of ice more than once on faster moving stones (resulting in much more effective sweeping).
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One sweeper company owner who saw the film, Debbie Jacketta of Jacketta Sweeping Service in Salt Lake City, volunteered the giant sweeper to promote the film at Sundance.
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But splitting 12 games against the Pacific-10 Conference and sweeping the Big West's perennial power Long Beach State make the Anteaters difficult to ignore when the 64-team NCAA field is announced May 26.
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Borisoff, who lost just one game in four matches during the Marmonte's two-day individual tournament, reached the final by sweeping Catherine Irvin of Westlake 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinal.
Unlike other tools that require the user to invoke an analysis report manually, SiteSweeper can begin automatically sweeping a Web site at specified intervals and at specified times -- during off-peak hours -- to avoid overloading Web servers.
Upset by a new street sweeping program that forces people to move their parked cars twice a week, thousands of San Fernando Valley residents are fighting the rules, arguing the city cares more about raking in parking tickets than cleaning streets.
Bulldogs bounce back: Defending Golden League champion Highland bounced back from last week's 23-match league winning streak-ending loss to Littlerock, sweeping Lancaster 15-1, 15-13, 15-7 in girls' volleyball.