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sweeper

[swee-per] /ˈswi pər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that sweeps.
3.
a janitor.
4.
any of several fishes of the family Pempherididae, of tropical and warm, temperate seas, having an oblong, compressed body.
Origin of sweeper
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at sweep1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for sweeper
Historical Examples
  • It was so still, not even a sweeper to break the blessed peace.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • If you are only a sweeper, be glad that you were not born a pig or a cobra.

  • But you won't need a sweeper for the floor of the porch, Berta.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan
  • A broom is best, because you cant get around the corners with a sweeper.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Ten minutes later the sweeper's signal whistle was repeated.

  • Though he has been a groom or a sweeper, he is buried like some great land-owner.

    The Eyes of Asia Rudyard Kipling
  • She no longer wants to be the cook, the mender, the sweeper of the house!

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • The tree was what in the voyageur's nomenclature is known as a "sweeper."

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Peter was a sweeper who was always on the look-out for an excuse.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • More oil than is needed only gathers dust and gums the sweeper.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
British Dictionary definitions for sweeper

sweeper

/ˈswiːpə/
noun
1.
a person employed to sweep, such as a roadsweeper
2.
any device for sweeping: a carpet sweeper
3.
(informal, soccer) a player who supports the main defenders, as by intercepting loose balls, etc
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