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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 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 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
References in classic literature ?
Well, now, that's cheering, cried Ahab, suddenly erecting himself, while whole thunder-clouds swept aside from his brow.
The grey downpour was swept aside and vanished like the trailing garments of a ghost.
They were beaten; they had lost the game, they were swept aside. It was not less tragic because it was so sordid, because it had to do with wages and grocery bills and rents.
The only evidence of the once stately pile of Castra Regis and its inhabitants was a shapeless huddle of shattered architecture, dimly seen as the keen breeze swept aside the cloud of acrid smoke which marked the site of the once lordly castle.
Well, I would make the best of it, and, rising, I swept aside the brooding despair that had been endeavouring to claim me.
Italy and Germany had recently been built into nations; France had finally swept aside the Empire and the Commune and established the Republic.
Hamilton [New Zealand], December 12 ( ANI ): New Zealand bowlers steadily swept aside West Indies' batting line-up to post a crushing 240-run win over West Indies on the fourth day of second Test to wrap up the two-match series 2-0 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The Burton on Trent player, who was out for six months after ankle surgery in September, swept aside Germany's Car-ola Bott in straight games in the semi-final, and she defeated Ukraine's Elena Prus 21-9, 21-15 in the final.
AUSTRALIA ruthlessly swept aside their closest challengers on the international stage to march relentlessly towards a fourth successive World Cup final.
Baldwin swept aside visitors British Legion with a 'full house' to remain in top spot in division one.
MATTHEW TIPTON and Jonathan Parkin were both on the scoresheet as Macclesfield swept aside Kidderminster.
Argentinian Nalbandian was swept aside 6-2 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 52 minutes, and Safin admitted he is delighted with the way he has improved through the year.
Bulgaria's skipper was given a second yellow card for dissent as his side were swept aside 2-0 by Denmark.
Luis Figo, Nuno Gomes and Rui Costa bulged the net as Luxembourg were swept aside in Agueda.
Satans, a junior side linked to Thomson Cardiff Devils, swept aside Sheffield Steelhawks to reach the final, where they will play Telford on Saturday.