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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theysweep up
he/she/itsweeps up
present participlesweeping up
past tenseswept up
past participleswept up
  1. to clean and remove dirt, glass, dust etc from a floor or the ground using a brush or broom

    I'm going to sweep up.

    Would you sweep up the broken glass?

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