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sweep back to (something)

1. To return to some position or status very quickly and unequivocally. The party swept back to power following landslide victories in the presidential and congressional elections. The politician's hopes of sweeping back to office were dashed by the discovery of his tax fraud.
2. To cause someone or some group to return to some position or status very quickly and unequivocally. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "back." Often used in passive constructions. Simmering frustration and anger among voters with the current administration helped sweep the opposing party to power. He was swept back to office by an incredibly successful grassroots campaign. I have no interest in being swept back to the world of espionage.
3. To cause someone to vividly recollect or relive a particular memory or period of their lives. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sweep" and "back." Seeing his daughter head off for her first day of college swept him back to his time at Harvard. Walking along the streets of Paris hand in hand, we were instantly swept back to our honeymoon 20 years earlier.
See also: back, sweep
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The turns had scarcely been made, and nothing had been coiled down, when the men and mates swept back to the poop in panic terror.
Symphonica was recorded during the tour of the same name and seconds into the CD you are swept back to the night you saw the singer in the flesh backed by a full orchestra.
THE corpse of a minke whale, believed to have died after being struck by a ship, has been swept back to sea after being found washed up on a beach.
Charlene has been sporting a pixie cut for more than a year now, after she had her straight tresses swept back to form buns and a brief flicked hairdo.
The wing of the X-5 spanned about 31 feet when swept fully forward for lower-speed flight but only about 18 feet when swept back to its maximum angle of 60 degrees.
Summary: Manmohan Singh has vowed to revive India's economy after his coalition was swept back to power in the country's general election.
NEW DELHI: Controversial Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi swept back to power in India's Gujarat state yesterday in what is being called a national victory over the rival Congress party.
LLANELLI swept back to the top of the table after overcoming struggling Caernarfon at Stebonheath Park.
COVENTRY swept back to the top of the Elite League table with a 62-28 hammering of Belle Vue on Friday night - but their joy could be short-lived.
If the Liberal Democrats do not come up with a policy of support for an English parliament or an attractive alternative they could be swept back to the Celtic fringe again.
CHELSEA swept back to the top of the Premiership after two firsts from their pounds 60million summer signings.
THE all-conquering Bell Green team swept back to the top of the Coventry Carling CIU Games League Division One with a 5-2 win over close rivals Parkstone.
Defending champions Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna stole a march on Valencia, but `Los Che' swept back to top spot with a convincing 4-0 demolition of lowly Espanyol, with Mist a (2),Ruben Baraja and Vicente scoring.
JACQUES Chirac swept back to government in France last night as polls predicted National Front boss Jean-Marie Le Pen wouldn't win a single seat.
TON Pentre, out to win the Welsh League title for a fifth successive season, swept back to the top of the table with a 3-0 win against Pontardawe.