sweep·​er | \ ˈswē-pər How to pronounce sweeper (audio) \

Definition of sweeper

1 : one that sweeps
2 : a lone back in soccer who plays between the line of the defenders and the goal

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Manuel Neuer’s surge from his box, his aggressive exploitation of the notion of the sweeper-keeper, was one of Germany’s strengths four years ago. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Arrogant Germany Accepts Its Shocking, Deserved World Cup Elimination," 27 June 2018 In Aubervilliers, a suburb north of Paris, 51-year-old street-sweeper Franck Durieux was dropping his 9- and 10-year-old sons off at the Babeuf elementary school. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "In France, a Push to Teach Arabic in Public Schools, Not Mosques," 24 Oct. 2018 They are shown on the battlefield, at the race course, hauling coal, assisting street sweepers, delivering mail, attacked by lions—even dead. M.j. Andersen, WSJ, "‘Mutiny: Works by Géricault’ Review: Equine Passions and Anxieties," 8 Sep. 2018 The protesters aren’t asking to enter those rarefied realms but to be clerks and sweepers and cops. Kushanava Choudhury, WSJ, "‘Dreamers’ Review: Limited Prospects, Global Ambitions," 15 Aug. 2018 The eight other sweepers averaged 90 makes on 123.5 attempts. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "The Warriors Were Dominant. But How Dominant?," 9 June 2018 On March 8, skeletal remains were found in a field near Buckeye off State Route 85 by a street-sweeper driver. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Jesse Wilson autopsy released; many questions still unanswered," 20 June 2018 Climbing the canyons above Malibu, California, handling the tight, twisting sweepers, descending into quick switchbacks, the Expedition exudes confidence and stability. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 But coal burning required chimneys, and chimneys needed sweepers—usually young boys, the smaller the better, and often as young as 5 or 6. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of sweeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sweeper

: a person or machine that sweeps something
soccer : a player whose position is behind other defending players

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