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well sweep

  1. sweep1(def 29).
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Origin of well sweep

First recorded in 1820–30
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Historical Examples of well sweep

  • The well-sweep had served its turn, and my companion and I relapsed into silence.

    Over the Teacups

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • There was no need of a pump, and at grandmother's they had a well-sweep and bucket.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • The water in the well was usually drawn by means of a well-sweep.

  • There is no pump, or windlass, nor even a well-sweep; but a rope.

  • Think of watering a whole wheat-field with a well-sweep and a pail!

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for well sweep

well sweep

  1. a device for raising buckets from and lowering them into a well, consisting of a long pivoted pole, the bucket being attached to one end by a long rope
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