sweep away

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sweep away

:to destroy or remove (something) completely
  • Floods swept away several houses.
  • His performance today swept away any doubts about his ability to play.

Word by Word Definitions

sweep play
  1. : to remove from a surface with or as if with a broom or brush

  2. : to destroy completely : wipe out

  3. : to remove or take with a single continuous forceful action

  1. : something that sweeps or works with a sweeping motion: such as

  2. : a long pole or timber pivoted on a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well

  3. : a triangular cultivator blade that cuts off weeds under the soil surface

away play
  1. : on the way : along

  2. : from this or that place

  3. : in a secure place or manner

  1. : absent from a place : gone

  2. : distant in space or time

  3. : played on an opponent's grounds


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