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be swept off (one's) feet

To become very quickly or suddenly enamored with or greatly admiring of someone; to be so thoroughly impressed or charmed by someone as to fall greatly in love with them. I think the reason Jane gets so suddenly invested in new relationships is because she loves being swept off her feet. I was completely swept off my feet when I met my late wife, so now, I can't imagine life without her.
See also: feet, off, swept

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

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.
See also: away, swept

swept up

Involved in something through happenstance or proximity. I'm afraid that if he stays in that neighborhood, he's going to get swept up in some shady stuff just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm sorry that you got swept up in all of this, but I'm glad you're here.
See also: swept, up

sweep (one) off (one's) feet

To charm one in such a way that they form an instant and strong romantic attraction, usually unexpectedly. A: "Is Lucy still gushing about her new boyfriend?" B: "Yeah, he must have really swept her off her feet."
See also: feet, off, 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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6 : to touch a surface of quickly <The musician's fingers swept the piano keys.
La Canada 15, La Quinta/W 3: Erica Lee didn't allow a game in her singles sets and Kelley Fox also swept her three sets for host La Canada (13-6) in a Div.
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The Dodgers swept Pittsburgh, won their fourth consecutive game and moved a game ahead of San Diego for first place in the National League West.
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2 and Sam Kim swept, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, to lead fourth-seeded Diamond Bar (16-2) past visiting Crescenta Valley (10-6).
Once the B loan is entirely repaid, swept cash is applied against the principal balance of the C loan.
After telling her swimmers the results at all four levels - Valencia swept, including a 112-58 victory in the boys' varsity competition - Vikings coach Kathleen Perdisatt shared an emotional moment with family members and boys' coach Eric Pritchett.
They have not swept a team in the Western Conference since the 1996-97 season, when they swept both the San Antonio Spurs and the then-Vancouver Grizzlies.
Amanda Fink, Kristen McVitty and Erin Wiesener combined to surrender just six games in singles, and Eileen Chang and Helen Kolpakov swept 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in doubles for second-seeded Calabasas (18-0).
The streets of the Sundance Film Festival have been swept daily by a giant streetsweeper which has become the most talked about film promotion in the history of Sundance.
Amanda Fink and Jillian Schnitman swept their three singles sets 6-0 for Calabasas, the division's No.