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  1. curved or sloped upward: upswept automobile fenders.
  2. combed or brushed upward to the top of the head.
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Origin of upswept

First recorded in 1785–95; past participle of upsweep


[verb uhp-sweep; noun uhp-sweep]
verb (used with object), up·swept, up·sweep·ing.
  1. to sweep upward.
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verb (used without object), up·swept, up·sweep·ing.
  1. to be arranged in an upsweep.
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  1. a sweeping upward, as an increase in elevation or a steep slope.
  2. a hairdo produced by having the hair combed or brushed upward to the top of the head; an upswept hairdo.
  3. a strongly pronounced rise in activity, as in business.
  4. 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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Examples from the Web for upswept

Historical Examples

  • Table knife, iron, with incomplete blade originally with upswept and rounded end, but seemingly used after the end was lost.

    Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology

    Ivor Noel Hume

  • An upswept arrangement which brought out the bone structure of her face rather well but didn't do much else for her.


    James H Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for upswept


noun (ˈʌpˌswiːp)
  1. a curve or sweep upwards
  2. US and Canadian an upswept hairstyle
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verb (ʌpˈswiːp) -sweeps, -sweeping or -swept
  1. to sweep, curve, or brush or be swept, curved, or brushed upwards
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