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noun sweep pronunciation in American English /swip/
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singularsweep
pluralsweeps
  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a long wide curved area of land or water
  2. 2
    [countable] a long smooth curved movement
    sweep of: He threw the gun aside with a sweep of his arm.
  3. 3
    [singular] a range of different things that together form a larger unit
    sweep of: the broad sweep of history
  4. 4
    [countable] informal a chimney sweep
  5. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] a search of an area made by soldiers or police officers
  6. 6
    [singular] American a series of successes in sports, or the achievement of winning all the top places in a competition
    a three-game sweep
  7. 8
    [singular] an act of sweeping something
    She gave the floor a quick sweep.

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