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

Examples of sweeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With 15 minutes left in the contest, Bernstein was placed back in goal and Mazzola moved up to the sweeper position. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Seattle topples Borsuia to take CCO boys’ 10U soccer title," 18 Mar. 2021 His first company assignment, after summers working as a sweeper and surveyor’s stake puncher, was on a pipeline in Texas under the tutelage of the company’s foremost executives. New York Times, "Stephen Bechtel Jr., 95, Dies; Led Family’s Giant Engineering Firm," 16 Mar. 2021 Chicago police are investigating a shooting and a crash between a car and a street sweeper in the Portage Park neighborhood Monday morning that caused both vehicles to catch fire and sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Portage Park shooting leads to crash with street sweeper, 4 seriously injured," 15 Mar. 2021 Roughly 10% of the workers at the Bureau of Street Services took the city up on its offer, including a dozen street-sweeper operators. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. is cutting back on street sweeping. That could mean fewer parking tickets," 26 Feb. 2021 The sweeper was heading north when it was struck by a southbound car driven by a 19-year-old woman from nearby Ada. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Teen dies in head-on highway crash with street sweeper near Crookston," 26 Feb. 2021 The pro-grade sweeper will change your cleaning game with its six-blade technology. Popular Science, "Check out these deals on household cleaning appliances," 21 Jan. 2021 Giuliano Gemma stars as Scott, a lowly street sweeper whose status starts to change when Frank Talby (Lee Van Cleef, an American actor whose career got a second act thanks to Spaghetti Westerns) takes him under his wing. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The 50 Greatest Western Movies of All Time," 18 Jan. 2021 The mayor’s position is the city already has seven salt trucks to only one street sweeper that’s 20 years old. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted city leaders at odds over 2021 budget items and process," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of sweeper

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sweeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweeper. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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