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- (transitive) To remove something by, or as if by, sweeping.
- 1960 February, “Talking of Trains: S.R. coach slaughter”, in Trains Illustrated, page 73:
- A general withdrawal order has been issued for most types over 30 years old, writes R. P. Walford, sweeping away much of the early Maunsell stock that was the pride of the newly-formed S.R., [...].
- (idiomatic, transitive) To overwhelm someone emotionally; sweep someone off their feet.
- 1996, Macy Nulman, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer, page 234:
- Balaam was swept away with admiration of the Israelite encampments and homes that were a picture of idyllic happiness and prosperity.
- (idiomatic, transitive) to completely destroy, to annihilate
- 2011 February 5, Chris Whyatt, “Wolverhampton 2 - 1 Man Utd”, in BBC:
- Instant drama ensued as Wolves appealed for a penalty as Brazilian right-back Rafael swept away any danger from Jarvis with his upper body after 40 seconds.