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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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If that is the case, think again because these laws are sweepingly broad, and it is far easier to violate them than one would think.
As the Space Race started and the Cold War intensified, it ushered in a sweepingly technocratic vision of society that still marks American education.
If we burn, you burn with us," she tells her enemies in no uncertain terms, coining what will become a sort of mantra for her many allies, as dramatized in stirring, sweepingly effective sequences of the other districts rising up against Snow's troops and causing untold damage to the Capitol.
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Representing the pro-business viewpoint, ATA General Counsel Prasad Sharma said in his comments: "The board's proposed rule represents a results-oriented tipping of the balance of employer and employee interests in favor of the unions that contravenes the direction set forth by Congress in the National Labor Relations Act and that addresses too sweepingly an alleged problem in an area where the board has consistently met its targets.
But the entry of the current XJ allayed any fears completely, driving in with a styling that was sweepingly handsome, with some retro hints that harked back to the big, beautiful Mk IX of the late 1950s.
Despite the immense exposure through allegations on abuses of power, corruption, bribes and possible money-laundering, the party and its leader are managing to add a unique chapter to the history of politics worldwide, by still winning as sweepingly as before.
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As a group, the panels created the sense of a living network extending from the complex nucleus of Tolstoy's life and writings to other figures and ideas far removed in time and space: not only "Leo Tolstoy and World Literature," but more sweepingly, Lev Tolstoy in the world.
This is a huge reprieve after being voted through by Cabinet and we hope the decision to sweepingly cut the budget will be thrown out and that IDS will be forced to do a proper service redesign that properly considers their statutory duties.
In his Introduction, he argues sweepingly that political life in these plays is distorted and diminished by Christian ethics, which would seem to be a good reason for examining them.
In the village church, however, it takes on a far more invidious cast when the preacher sweepingly indicts all those who have stood against Lincoln and his war.
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