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noun sweep pronunciation in British English /swiːp/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually singular] a long wide curved area of land or water

    Not far away was the great sweep of the Radnor Forest.

  2. 2
    [countable] a long smooth curved movement
    sweep of:

    He threw the gun aside with a sweep of his arm.

  3. 6
    [singular] an act of sweeping something

    She gave the floor a quick sweep.


used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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