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sweep down

1. To rush, flow, or pour down (something). A great flood of water swept down the ravine. A frigid wind swept down from the summit, chilling us to our bones.
2. To clean or clear something by brushing its surface very lightly and quickly, as with a broom or brush. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "down." Make sure you sweep the floor down before you begin mopping, or you'll just smear dirt around. She swept down the ancient tombstone so she could decipher the inscriptions.
See also: down, sweep

sweep something down

to clean something by sweeping. Please sweep this floor down whenever you make a mess here. Jeff will sweep down the floor before he goes home.
See also: down, sweep
References in classic literature ?
She did not know that this was the best thing she could have done, and she did not know that, when she began to walk quickly or even run along the paths and down the avenue, she was stirring her slow blood and making herself stronger by fighting with the wind which swept down from the moor.
And at that very moment a door must have been opened somewhere downstairs; for a great rushing draft blew along the passage and the door of the room they sat in was blown open with a crash, and as they both jumped to their feet the light was blown out and the crying sound was swept down the far corridor so that it was to be heard more plainly than ever.
From his neck to his knees, in ample folds, a robe swept down that was a very star-spangled banner of curved and sinuous bars of black and white.
Helen had become "his" Miss Schlegel, who scolded him and corresponded with him, and had swept down yesterday with grateful vehemence.
A catbird, the Northern mocker, lit in a tree over Tom's head, and trilled out her imitations of her neighbors in a rapture of enjoyment; then a shrill jay swept down, a flash of blue flame, and stopped on a twig almost within the boy's reach, cocked his head to one side and eyed the strangers with a consuming curiosity; a gray squirrel and a big fellow of the "fox" kind came skurrying along, sitting up at intervals to inspect and chatter at the boys, for the wild things had probably never seen a human being before and scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not.
The snow swept down from a neighbouring shed and whirled about in the corner near the bath-house.
As he was swept down the aisle he looked from one person to another, wistfully; they were all excitedly discussing the address--but there was nobody who offered to discuss it with him.
This declivity swept down a couple of hundred feet, into a gully which curved around and ended at a precipice eight hundred feet high, overlooking a glacier.
The house stood at one of the principal corners in the village; and by its well-trodden doorway, as well as the sign that was swinging with a kind of doleful sound in the blasts that occasionally swept down the lake, was clearly one of the most frequented inns in the place.
A cold wind swept down from it and set us shivering.
Tonnes of mud and debris swept down the hillside late Sunday night and into Monday morning.
The mud following the rains swept down roads, gardens around houses, including the Naiman channel in Jany-Nookat, Kara-Tash, Gulistan and Zulpuev villages at about 2:30 pm.
Residents said the man, who was casual labourer, was crossing the river on Wednesday when he was hit by a strong current and swept down stream.
According to AFP, the transfer comes as the Kurdish-led SDF have swept down the Euphrates River Valley and confined IS to afinal sliver of territorynear the porous Iraqi-Syrian border.
WHEN she swept down the aisle of that medieval chapel to marry the Queen's grandson, Meghan Markle and her long lace veil seemed to be brushing away the cobwebs from the dusty old House of Windsor.