sweep up

phrasal verb
swept up; sweeping up; sweeps up

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.
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“Sweep up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweep%20up. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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