sweep back

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sweep back

To push, brush, or clear something back and away (from something) very lightly and quickly with or as with one's hand. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "back." I need to get my hair cut. I hate having to constantly sweep my hair back from my face. He swept back the curtains to let in the brilliant morning light. She swept back the dirt and debris so she could read the inscription on the ancient tomb.
See also: back, sweep

sweep something back

to push or move something backward in the shape of a curve. He took the brush and swept his hair back in a huge wave. She swept back her hair in a striking arrangement.
See also: back, sweep
References in classic literature ?
And if I also live to a time when age must dim my mind and the past comes sweeping back like the shades of night over the bare road of the present it will not, I believe, be my youth I shall see but hers, not a boy clinging to his mother's skirt and crying, 'Wait till I'm a man, and you'll lie on feathers,' but a little girl in a magenta frock and a white pinafore, who comes toward me through the long parks, singing to herself, and carrying her father's dinner in a flagon.
Both of these regiments were almost perfectly fresh, and of full strength, the Greys having been in reserve in the morning, and having lost but a small number of men in sweeping back that part of the attack which had proved successful in breaking the line of defence, on the occasion when I charged with them and was stunned for my pains.
But the wild Atlantic looked have taken its toll on the PM was seen sweeping back hair with a pained expression on his face.
Carefully place a pretty bow hairband towards the front of your head, sweeping back any flyaways from around the face.
SANTIAGO (TAP) - Center-leftist Michelle Bachelet promised major tax and education reforms to help ease Chile's social divisions after sweeping back to power with a huge majority in presidential elections on Sunday.
Bedwas started off with a bang - a sweeping back move producing a try for wing Elliot Foils, converted from wide out by full-back Stuart Thomas but the Drovers were soon level with a try from centre Adam Warren, converted by fly-half Howard Thomas.
Ballymena staged an amazing comeback at home to Limavady, trailing 3-1 at the break but sweeping back in style to win 4-3 to stay third.
Two primary appendages thrusting outward and upward from the center and sweeping back su ggest wings, and a reading of the work that includes references to the Nike of Samothrace is hardly a stretch, though it might be reaching beyond the artist's intention.
The Zoo-Palast is a true movie palace, a vast expanse of seats sweeping back from a giant screen.
But the wild Atlantic looked to have taken its toll on the PM who was seen sweeping back his hair with a pained expression on his face.
In the second half Cardiff's sweeping back play producing further scores for Nick Walne and Robinson with one conversion by Jenkins.
The first half was evenly contested, James Curgenven cancelling out Chapman's penalty before a sweeping backs move saw Bromsgrove full-back Jon Critchlow score beneath the posts a minute before the break, the home side taking advantage of their extra man after centre Tim Douglas had been binned.