Definition of sweep up
1 : to remove dust, dirt, etc., from (something) by using a broom or brush When I was sweeping up, I found an earring that I had lost. Can you please sweep up the porch?
2 : to remove (something, such as dust, dirt, etc.) from a surface by using a broom or brush She swept up the broken glass.
3 : to pick up (someone or something) in one quick, continuous motion She swept the baby up and carried her to the crib.
4 : to brush or pull (hair) away from the face —usually used as be swept up Her hair was swept up in a bun.
Word by Word Definitions
: to remove from a surface with or as if with a broom or brush
: to destroy completely : wipe out
: to remove or take with a single continuous forceful action
: in or into a higher position or level
: away from the center of the earth
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
: used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of
: up into or in the
: in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: to rise from a lying or sitting position
: to move upward : ascend
: used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated
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