- sweep under the rug,
- sweeping score,
Origin of sweeping
verb (used with object), swept, sweep·ing.
- to pass the fingers or bow over (a musical instrument, its strings or keys, etc.), as in playing.
- to bring forth (music) thus.
verb (used without object), swept, sweep·ing.
- Whist.the winning of all the tricks in a hand.Compare slam2(def 1).
- Casino.a pairing or combining, and hence taking, of all the cards on the board.
Origin of sweep1
Examples from the Web for sweeping
These tensions run throughout the conference, but also throughout the “mindfulness” movement that is now sweeping America.
As he would later prove in sweeping victories, it was a message he believed transcended ideology and party.
In 2013, the state legislature passed a sweeping charter school bill pushed by Mitchell that loosened oversight and regulation.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’|ProPublica|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He likes small windows and greatly dislikes the sweeping areas of glass and metal that characterise the work of Richard Rogers.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An unusually lethal hemorrhagic fever was sweeping through the region.
Betwixt the cold sun and the hard earth, a dust-befogged wind, plainly borrowed from March, was sweeping the street.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
Such figures are a conclusive answer to charges of the sweeping character we have quoted.Railway Rates: English and Foreign|J. Grierson
The courier looked puzzled for an instant, and then held up both hands with a sweeping motion.Famous Indian Chiefs|Charles H. L. Johnston
Sweeping round, the vision meets an aggregate of peaks which look as fledglings to their mother towards the mighty Dom.The Beauties of Nature|Sir John Lubbock
Colonel Broadcastle's voice was sweeping the armory, as he put the regiment through the manual of arms.The Lieutenant-Governor|Guy Wetmore Carryl
verb sweeps, sweeping or swept
- (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
- to win every event or prize in a contest
- the winning of every trick in a hand of whist
- the taking, by pairing, of all exposed cards in cassino
- a long oar used on an open boat
- Australiana person steering a surf boat with such an oar
- a rakelike attachment for the front of a motor vehicle for pushing hay into piles
- a triangular blade on a cultivator used to cut through roots below the surface of the soil
- an overwhelming victory or success
- a complete change; purgeto make a clean sweep
Word Origin for sweep
c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of Middle English swope "sweep," from Old English swapan "to sweep" (transitive & intransitive); see swoop. Related: Swept; sweeping.
"range, extent," 1670s, from sweep (v.). In reference to police or military actions, it is attested from 1837. Sense of "a winning of all the tricks in a card game" is from 1814 (see sweepstakes); extended to other sports by 1960. As a shortened form of chimney-sweeper, first attested 1796.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sweep
- sweep off someone's feet
- sweep under the rug
- make a clean sweep
- new broom sweeps clean
- (sweep) off someone's feet