sweep

1
[ sweep ]
/ swip /

verb (used with object), swept, sweep·ing.

verb (used without object), swept, sweep·ing.

noun

Origin of sweep

1
1250–1300; Middle English swepen (v.); compare Old English geswēpa sweepings, derivative of swāpan to sweep (> obsolete English swope); cognate with German schweifen
Related formssweep·a·ble, adjectiveun·sweep·a·ble, adjective

Definition for sweep (2 of 2)

sweep

2
[ sweep ]
/ swip /

noun Slang.

a sweepstakes.
Also sweeps.

Origin of sweep

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by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for sweep

sweep

/ (swiːp) /

verb sweeps, sweeping or swept

noun

Derived Formssweepy, adjective

Word Origin for sweep

C13 swepen; related to Old English swāpan, Old Norse sveipa; see swipe, swoop
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Idioms and Phrases with sweep

sweep


In addition to the idioms beginning with sweep

  • sweep off someone's feet
  • sweep under the rug

also see:

  • make a clean sweep
  • new broom sweeps clean
  • (sweep) off someone's feet
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