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  • v. To remove something by, or as if by, sweeping.
  • v. To overwhelm someone emotionally; sweep someone off their feet.
  • v. to completely destroy, to annihilate

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overwhelm emotionally
  • v. eliminate completely and without a trace


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  • Taim's opposition seemed to sweep away Rand's uncertainty.

    A Crown of Swords

  • If we get a good tide with us, we shall sweep away the whole inertia, which is the whole force of these gentlemen, except Norton.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • These were the pamphlets of Lilburne which, together with Overton's, one of which was An Arrow Shot into the Prerogative Bowels of the Arbitrary House of Lords, were popular with the common soldiers of the Parliamentary Army, and nursed that especial form of the democratic passion among them which longed to sweep away the House of Lords and see England governed by a single Representative House. ”

    The Life of John Milton

  • Dahrí and the Zindík, the Mundanist and the Agnoetic, proposed to sweep away the whole edifice.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • A chill winter and the frozen dead stack up like cordwood, while summer fevers sweep away legions too weak to fight them off while you sit in comfort in your palaces.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer


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