- 1 [countable, usually singular] an act of cleaning a room, surface, etc. using a broom He gave the room a quick sweep before they arrived. curving movement
- 2[countable] a smooth, curving movement He indicated the door with a sweep of his arm. landscape
- 3[countable, usually singular] a long, often curved, piece of road, river, coast, etc. the broad sweep of white cliffs around the bay range
- 4[uncountable] the range of an idea, a piece of writing, etc. that considers many different things Her book covers the long sweep of the country's history. movement/search over area
- 5[countable] a movement over an area, for example in order to search for something or attack something The rescue helicopter made another sweep over the bay. chimney
- 6[countable] = chimney sweep gambling
- 7 [countable] (also sweeps) (informal) = sweepstakes in sports
- 8 [countable] a series of games that a team wins against another team; the fact of winning all the parts of a contest a World Series sweep television
- 9 the sweeps [plural] a time when television companies examine their programs to find out which ones are the most popular, especially in order to calculate advertising rates the May ratings sweeps Idioms
- 1 to win all the prizes or parts of a game or competition; to win an election completely China made a clean sweep of the medals in the gymnastics events. The opinion poll suggests a clean sweep for the Democrats.
- 2to remove all the people or things from an organization that are thought to be unnecessary or need changing The new manager made a clean sweep of the department.
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