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- Present participle of sweep.
- (countable) An instance of sweeping.
- The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning.
- (uncountable) The activity of sweeping.
- Sweeping took all morning.
- The sidewalk needed sweeping every morning.
- wide, broad, affecting or touching upon many things
- The government will bring in sweeping changes to the income tax system.
- He loves making sweeping statements without the slightest evidence.
- 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
- By the time politicians in several cities backed down on Tuesday and announced that they would cut or consider reducing fares, the demonstrations had already morphed into a more sweeping social protest, with marchers waving banners carrying slogans like “The people have awakened.”
- Completely overwhelming
- He claimed a sweeping victory.
wide, broad, affecting many things