Origin of sweeping
Synonyms for 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
Related Words for sweepingacross-the-board, broad, thorough, wholesale, comprehensive, radical, extensive, exhaustive, all-encompassing, full, complete, exaggerated, blanket, overall, general, all-around, all-inclusive, all-out, global, inclusive
Examples from the Web for sweeping
Contemporary Examples of sweeping
These tensions run throughout the conference, but also throughout the “mindfulness” movement that is now sweeping America.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
As he would later prove in sweeping victories, it was a message he believed transcended ideology and party.Remembering Reagan’s Defining Speech
October 27, 2014
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’
October 15, 2014
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
September 17, 2014
An unusually lethal hemorrhagic fever was sweeping through the region.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
Historical Examples of sweeping
The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
She meant to weave some nice brushes, for the evening sweeping.
He preferred to do this, rather than to go at once to work at the sweeping and cleaning.
I tried to think, to struggle against the tide that was sweeping me away.The Bacillus of Beauty
A sane and sensible wave seemed to be sweeping the whole country.Her Father's Daughter
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.
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