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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

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 ?
South of the shoal an easterly current had set them down upon it; north of the shoal an equally swift westerly current had clutched the ship and was sweeping her away.
THE FORGOTTEN LAND THE light dim, sky and ground felt And looked the same, Only the howl of a seriously searing, Relentless wind, It drove into her and took her, Sweeping her away into the murk, Thunder quaked, a brilliant flash of lightning, Into nothingness, No land, no hills, no sound, no-no-nothing, Only emptiness, She succumbed to the turbulence of the elements, As it carried her on and on, There was no end to it, this frenetic journey Within silence, This barren and ugly void.
The jogger, 18, managed to grab on to the roots of an oak tree just in time to stop the fierce cold currents sweeping her away.