[ verb uhp-sweep; noun uhp-sweep ]
/ verb 蕦p藞swip; noun 藞蕦p藢swip /
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verb (used with object), up路swept, up路sweep路ing.
to sweep upward.
verb (used without object), up路swept, up路sweep路ing.
to be arranged in an upsweep.
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鈥90; up- + sweep1
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How to use upsweep in a sentence

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

    Contrary Mary|Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for upsweep


noun (藞蕦p藢swi藧p)
a curve or sweep upwards
US and Canadian an upswept hairstyle
verb (蕦p藞swi藧p) -sweeps, -sweeping or -swept
to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards
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