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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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References in classic literature ?
I compare her to one of those raging rivers, which when in flood overflows the plains, sweeping away trees and buildings, bearing away the soil from place to place; everything flies before it, all yield to its violence, without being able in any way to withstand it; and yet, though its nature be such, it does not follow therefore that men, when the weather becomes fair, shall not make provision, both with defences and barriers, in such a manner that, rising again, the waters may pass away by canal, and their force be neither so unrestrained nor so dangerous.
His corvette had not even felt the great tempest, which by sweeping away the groups of clouds on the Rocky Mountains, had allowed them to observe the course of the famous projectile.
Jackson Ekai, a truck driver in Lodwar, said Kawalase seasonal river has a bad history of sweeping away lorries with goods when flooded.
According to reports received from FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA), the casualty was resulted due to roof collapses, road accidents and by sweeping away of people by flash floods.
Local news websites showed floods sweeping away cars, tracks and roads in several regions, including Guelmim and Marrakesh.
Fifteen days after floods hit Uttarakhand killing hundreds of people and sweeping away numerous houses, the evacuation of all the stranded pilgrims and tourists is likely to be over by this evening.
Floods and landslides devastated a huge area, sweeping away cars and trees in the capital Funchal.
Scientists had worried that the tsunami might badly damage the land surface, too, by permanently sweeping away much of the islands' sand.
Heavy rains caused the Solie River in the Dominican border town of Jimani to burst its banks, sweeping away wooden shacks where thousands of Haitian migrants live.
But a storm on Monday forced the Solie River to burst its banks, sweeping away wooden shacks built by Haitian migrants working in Jimani.
On the morning of July 5, a wall of water roared down area creeks, sweeping away bridges, trees, houses, barns, and millions of tons of soil.