sweep·er | \ˈswē-pər \

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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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 Several police departments are searching for a person who stole a street sweeper, then nearly drove it into a state trooper’s car on Sunday morning, officials said. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Person stole street sweeper, drove it at state trooper, police say," 2 Apr. 2018 To handle the debris, the city used 300 employees — 50 more than originally scheduled — as well as 100 pieces of equipment including street sweepers and sanitation trucks. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "'Like a frat party': Eagles Super Bowl parade breaks city trash record," 9 Feb. 2018 Every other day or so, a street sweeper would rumble by, vacuuming up pebbles and bits of gravel. John Kelly, Washington Post, "From potholes to perfect pavement: My neighborhood has lovely new streets," 24 June 2018 But the men with the blowers came through quickly just before 2 p.m., blasting the blue and gold confetti into nice little piles to be picked up by the street sweepers. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors bask in latest title parade, but future championships are hardly promised," 12 June 2018 Nicknamed Der Kaiser early on in his career for his dominance on the pitch, the midfielder turned centre half is often credited for creating the sweeper position at the heart of defence. SI.com, "7 Players That Achieved Greatness Both On and Off the Field," 27 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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