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 sweptclear, clean, tear, sail, pass, scrub, broom, mop, tidy, remove, brush, vacuum, ready, hurtle, career, flit, zoom, scud, skim, fleet
Examples from the Web for swept
Contemporary Examples of swept
He was also swept about in the music of D.C., a scene which gave rise to such acts as Fugazi and Thievery Corporation.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
CEO-turned-candidate David Perdue swept past Democrat Michelle Nunn, 55 percent to 42 percent.Georgia Democrats Fall Hard
November 5, 2014
They were swept up in the economic surge of life after the Civil War.
Hordes of celebrants, swept by rain, surged over the five-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
In the latest movie, we are invited to sit back and enjoy the three central performances rather than be swept along by the drama.Channing Tatum Is the Real Star of ‘Foxcatcher'
October 23, 2014
Historical Examples of swept
It swept him away; this revival of passion was irresistible.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
And forthwith, as one who may not be resisted, he swept up the cards and began to shuffle.
When this was swept away the floor presented no suspicious traces.
He swept up the blankets and went down the stairs to the first floor.
But Jeff Rankin swept all argument away with a movement of his big paws.
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