upsweep

[ verb uhp-sweep; noun uhp-sweep ]
/ verb ʌpˈswip; noun ˈʌpˌswip /

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

to sweep upward.

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

to be arranged in an upsweep.

noun

a sweeping upward, as an increase in elevation or a steep slope.
a hairdo produced by having the hair combed or brushed upward to the top of the head; an upswept hairdo.
a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.
a curved shape of the lower jaw of some animals.

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Origin of upsweep

First recorded in 1885–90; up- + sweep1
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Example sentences from the Web for upsweep

  • "Somewhere I've heard your voice," she said with the upsweep of her lashes.

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British Dictionary definitions for upsweep

upsweep

noun (ˈʌpˌswiːp)

a curve or sweep upwards
US and Canadian an upswept hairstyle

verb (ʌpˈswiːp) -sweeps, -sweeping or -swept

to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards
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