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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 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.
See also: away, sweep

sweep along

1. To glide or drift onward in a smooth, continuous motion in a current or as if being carried by one. We swept along in our tiny boat, watching the sun set over the ridge of the island. The leaves of the tree swept along as they fell into the stream.
2. To carry or push someone or something onward in a smooth, gliding motion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "along." The river swept us along so quickly that we had no choice but to wait until it deposited us into calmer waters. Intense winds continued to sweep debris along through the streets.
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sweep aside

1. To push someone or something to one side, especially in an indifferent or disdainful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The bouncer swept us aside so the celebrity and her husband could come through the door. He along the path sweeping aside leaves and debris.
2. To belittle or disregard someone or something as being unimportant or untrue. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The president has continually swept aside claims of fiscal impropriety by members of his administration. I kept trying to raise these problems with the management team, but they swept me aside every time I spoke up.
3. To remove someone or something from competition, consideration, or a position of authority. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "aside." The military junta stormed the capital and swept aside parliament in a matter of hours. It was pretty remarkable to watch such an underdog team sweep the former champions aside so soundly.
See also: aside, sweep

sweep into

1. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to move something into something or some place all at once. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." We need to sweep all these crumbs into the trash before we can set the table for dinner. Don't just sweep the dirt into the corner and leave it there!
2. To push, pull, or carry someone or something into something or some place all at once with a continuous force or movement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." The downpour swept all our crops into the river. The clothes that had been drying outside were swept into the neighbors' yard by the strong winds.
3. To arrive at or come into some position or status thoroughly, decisively, and abruptly. The political party swept into power following the attack and quickly began rewriting the country's laws to consolidate their control of the government, all in the name of securing the population against the enemy. The underdog team was never expected to even make the playoffs, but after sweeping into the semi-finals in such spectacular fashion, many are starting to favor them to win the whole championship.
4. To cause or enable someone or something to arrive at or come into some position or status thoroughly, decisively, and abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "into." The victory sweeps their party into a majority in the senate for the first time in ten years.
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sweep in

To arrive or appear (at some position, status, or location) all at once. We had just begun eating our picnic when a rainstorm swept in all of a sudden. In the 12 months since the nationalist party swept in, human rights have been eroded one by one.
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sweep out

1. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to move something out (of something or some place) all at once. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "out." I want you to sweep out all of this dust and debris from the workshop before you leave tonight. The barber swept all the hair out of the room.
2. To clean something or some place by using a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "out." I just want to sweep the garage out while there aren't any cars in it. Would you mind sweeping out the cabinets? Someone spilled a bunch of rice in there.
3. To push, pull, or carry someone or something out (of something or some place) all at once with a continuous force or movement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "sweep" and "out." The gust of wind swept the papers out of my hands and scattered them all around the park. A large wave swept the beachgoer out to sea, but the lifeguards were able to save him.
4. To force someone or something to leave some position or status thoroughly, decisively, and abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "out." Often used in passive constructions. The political party was swept out of power after numerous defeats in congressional elections around the country. The shocking defeat has swept last year's champions out of the first round of the playoffs.
See also: out, sweep

sweep up

1. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to gather up and remove something all at once. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "up." I want you to sweep up all of this dust and debris before you leave. I need to sweep these leaves up off the lawn so I can cut the grass.
2. To use a sweeping motion, especially with a brush or broom, to clean something or someplace. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "up." Be sure to sweep up the workshop after you're done. I want you kids to sweep up this room right now!
3. To lift someone or something out (of something or some place) all at once with a sweeping force or movement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "up." Almost always followed by "into (something)." I swept my kids up into my arms the moment I saw them. The gust of wind swept the papers up into the air.
4. To cause someone to feel captivated, charmed, or enthused about something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "up." Typically used in passive constructions. I don't really like sports, but even I was swept up in the excitement over the team's championship victory. People from all over the country have been swept up in protests against the government's new legislation.
See also: sweep, up

sweep along

to glide along smoothly, as if flying. The sailboat swept along, pushed by the strong wind. The fallen leaves blew up against the fence, swept along by a strong wind.
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sweep in (to some place)

to dash or run into some place. The kids swept into the candy store and bought little bits of things. They swept in and spent all of a dollar before they left.
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sweep in(to some place)

to dash or run into some place. The kids swept into the candy store and bought little bits of things. They swept in and spent all of a dollar before they left.
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sweep someone into something

 and sweep someone in
to place someone into an elective position decisively. The decisive victory swept all the candidates of the reform party into office. The victory swept in the candidates.
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sweep someone or something aside

to push or brush someone or something aside. The guards swept the spectators aside as the king's coach approached. They swept aside the spectators.
See also: aside, sweep

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.
See also: away, sweep

sweep something into something

 and sweep something in
to move something into something or some place by sweeping. Liz swept the crumbs into the dish. Liz held the dish and swept in the crumbs.
See also: sweep

sweep something up

 
1. Lit. to clean up and remove something, such as dirt, by sweeping. Please sweep these crumbs up. Can you sweep up these crumbs?
2. Lit. to clean up some place by sweeping. Please sweep this room up. Can you sweep up this room, please?
3. Fig. to arrange something, such as hair, into a curve or wave. The hairstylist swept her hair up over the top. No one liked it. Sweep up my hair the way it looks in this picture.
See also: sweep, up

sweep up

to clean up by sweeping. Would you sweep up this time? Please give me a few minutes to sweep up before you come to visit.
See also: sweep, up

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

sweep along

v.
To cause someone or something to be carried along by or as if by a current: The current swept the raft along. Most of the debris was swept along by the river.
See also: sweep

sweep aside

v.
1. To displace someone or something from consideration, contention, or relevance: Our team continues to sweep aside all competition as we head toward the finals. You can get things done in this city if you have enough money to sweep the law aside.
2. To refuse to accept or recognize something; reject something: The chief financial officer swept aside allegations of fraud. I considered the thought of quitting my job for a moment, but I quickly swept it aside.
See also: aside, sweep

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.
See also: away, sweep

sweep into

v.
1. To cause something or someone to reach some position decisively or swiftly: The torrential rains swept the houses into the valley below. Their strong campaign swept the candidate into office.
2. To reach some position decisively or swiftly: The Republican Party swept into power. The horse came from behind and swept into first place.
See also: sweep

sweep out

v.
1. To clean the inside of something by sweeping: I swept out the garage. No one goes in that room except for the janitor, who sweeps it out every week.
2. To cause something to be carried outward by some current: The abandoned surfboard was swept out to sea. A gust of wind swept the leaves out of the gutter and into the air.
3. To cause someone to be removed from office or power, especially in a decisive election. Used chiefly in the passive: The politician was swept out of office because the citizens had lost faith in the government.
See also: out, sweep

sweep up

v.
1. To clean or clear some surface with or as if with a broom or brush: I swept up the kitchen because there were crumbs on the floor. Whenever the barbershop floor became messy, I would sweep it up.
2. To remove something by sweeping it into a dustpan and discarding it: You should sweep up those shards of glass before someone steps on them. The custodian noticed candy wrappers on the floor and swept them up.
3. To lift something or someone up with a swift, brushing motion: The gambler swept up her winnings from the table and left the casino. He swept the child up into his arms.
4. To cause something or someone to become lifted and carried by a current: The wind swept the dust up into the air. The floodwaters swept up the car and carried it away.
5. To cause someone to be enthralled by and compelled to join in a collective emotion, action, or activity: The defendant claimed to have been swept up in the heat of passion.
6. To win some set of competitive events completely and decisively: He swept up the running events and won four medals. She entered every competition and swept them all up.
7. To win a large amount of money: He swept up at the casino last week.
See also: sweep, up
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