- of wide range or scope.
- moving or passing about over a wide area: a sweeping glance.
- moving, driving, or passing steadily and forcibly on.
- (of the outcome of a contest) decisive; overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.
Origin of sweeping
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1. extensive, broad, comprehensive.
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Examples from the Web for sweepings
The sweepings of the London and Bristol streets were exported for servants.A History of American Christianity
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The American gentleman had secured it all and left us the sweepings.A Tale of Three Lions
H. Rider Haggard
It was choked with a crowd, composed of the sweepings of Europe and Asia.
That ginger snaps are made of the sweepings of the floor in the bakery.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
On the Christian fleet they were the sweepings of the jails.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay
- debris, litter, or refuse
- comprehensive and wide-rangingsweeping reforms
- indiscriminate or without reservationssweeping statements
- decisive or overwhelminga sweeping victory
- taking in a wide areaa sweeping glance
- driving steadily onwards, esp over a large areaa sweeping attack
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