sweep up

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sweep up

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To clean by sweeping.
    I'll wash the floor after sweeping up
    We swept up the leaves which had blown into the shop
  2. (transitive) to transport to shore by waves.
    • 1897, Edmondo De Amicis, Maria Hornor Lansdale, Morocco its people and places
      The only thing that frees the country from this curse is a favorable wind; this blows them into the sea, where they drown and are swept up on the beach for days afterwards in great heaps
  3. (intransitive) to overwhelm