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noun sweep pronunciation in American English /swip/
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  1. 2
    [countable] a long smooth curved movement
    sweep of: He threw the gun aside with a sweep of his arm.
  2. 3
    [singular] a range of different things that together form a larger unit
    sweep of: the broad sweep of history
  3. 8
    [singular] an act of sweeping something
    She gave the floor a quick sweep.


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