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  • They would sit on rough-hewn wooden benches -- only slightly higher than an ankle -- and listen to snippets of his life on their well-swept dirt porch.

    Catholic Relief Services: Malawi Orphans' Life Lessons

  • “Good day,” I said to him in Spanish as I sat down beside him on the well-swept earth.

    Crazy Loco Love

  • He lit an oil lamp and walked down the long room, nodding approval at the clean chopping blocks, surveying the well-swept floor.

    The Book of Unholy Mischief

  • It is so beautifully clean that, as at Nikko, I should feel reluctant to walk upon its well-swept streets in muddy boots.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Before very long, his spruce trim ducks, careful scrape of Brunswick-leather boots, clean pocket-handkerchiefs, and fine specklessness, were making and keeping a well-swept path to the thoroughly dusted store-room of her heart.

    Mary Anerley

  • Crowds of well-dressed people, with hats bright in the sun, swarmed about the entrance and along the well-swept little paths between the little houses adorned with carving in the Russian style.

    Anna Karenina

  • I smelt the rich scent of the heating spices; and admired the shining kitchen utensils, the polished clock, decked in holly, the silver mugs ranged on a tray ready to be filled with mulled ale for supper; and above all, the speckless purity of my particular care — the scoured and well-swept floor.

    Wuthering Heights

  • Politely, he led her down an alley and into the well-swept backyard.

    Middlesex

  • Edo lit the lantern with a match and set it on the well-swept floor.

    The Viking Claw

  • Each room had glass French doors opening to a well-swept area of paving stones.

    Shattered

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