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sweep away

1. Literally, to brush, push, or carry someone or something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The giant wave swept the entire road away. The hurricane's winds were so strong that they swept away entire buildings. He swept the papers away in anger.
2. To eliminate or dispose of someone or something quickly and decisively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweep" and "away." The returning champions have 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.
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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sweep someone or something away

to dispose of someone or something by pushing or brushing away. The waves nearly swept us away. The waves caused by the storm swept away all the debris on the beach.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sweep away

1. To cause someone or something to be carried away by or as if by a current: The storm swept away the dock. The tornado swept the barn away. I was so swept away by the music that I forgot where I was for a moment.
2. To eliminate something all at once: The accident swept away all my dreams. When the school rejected my admissions application, I felt like they had swept all my hard work away in a matter of seconds.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It overrode the man to whom he talked, swept him away, swept all away, all who stood within sound of his voice.
The wreck struck the rock with one end, and swinging round, flung poor Clappine off into the raging stream, which swept him away, and he perished.
As on the first time, he restrained himself until his hunger for her overwhelmed him and swept him away in his red automobile to Berkeley.
The man who was immune to yellow fever was carried away by cholera; and if he were immune to that, too, the Black Death, which was the bubonic plague, swept him away. For it was these bacteria, and germs, and microbes, and bacilli, cultured in the laboratories of the West, that had come down upon China in the rain of glass.
They caught him in mid-step--one of those fancy steps which he was just beginning to exhume from the cobwebbed recesses of his memory--and swept him away. After which they descended resistlessly upon a stout gentleman of middle age, chiefly conspicuous for the glittering diamonds which he wore and the stoical manner in which he danced to and fro on one spot of not more than a few inches in size in the exact centre of the room.
Shubham continued, "On July 19, they told us that he (Ayush) disappeared after a wave came and swept him away. The rescue operation was carried out only for 48 hours."
A resident said the youth was taking a cold bath near the Ashari Gut when the water swept him away. Locals tried their best to fish him out.
He went missing late Tuesday afternoon when raging waters swept him away. Areas where mass evacuation were conducted include the towns of San Roque, Mapanas, Pambujan,and Lope de Vega according to reports received by the office of Civil Defence in Philippines.
Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo said a man identified as JR Estillo was reported missing Sunday afternoon after strong current spawned by heavy rain swept him away while he was fishing near the Dahug overflow.
Onlookers said that a strong current swept him away while he was cooling himself amid hot and humid weather conditions in the town.
Jessa Whitworth's ex-boyfriend, Caleb, was driving on a bridge during a storm when the bridge flooded and swept him away. Even though they were no longer together when he died, Caleb's mother asks Jessa to clean out his room.
Major Obaid Ali Fadel, from Umm Al Quwain Police, who described the Nepalese man as an "inexperienced swimmer", added: "He swam into the deep water as he tried to join his friends and high waves swept him away."
Summary: The Sharjah Police have recovered the body of a Pakistani man, who had been missing after waves swept him away in Al Khan area on Saturday.
A powerful current swept him away from the shore on Shell Island, in Wales, along with his friends Joe Wilton, 58, and Adam Bradley, 15.
Summary: ABHA: A seven-year-old child was killed after a flash flood swept him away Thursday night in Mahail, Asir province.