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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The vehicles — three clam trucks, two aerial lifts, two dump trucks, a digger, a loader and a street sweeper — represent the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the road, according to city officials. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul replaces 10 Public Works vehicles with energy-efficient alternatives," 9 Sep. 2019 Just sending a sweeper out there won’t do much good because the bulk of the trash is stuck in the ivy. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Warrior fans who want to park near Chase Center — forget about it: Roadshow," 6 Sep. 2019 Los Amigos received three first-team nominations, which went to midfielder Samuel Gaspar, sweeper Brandon Alfaro and right back Allen Ocampo. Daily Pilot, "Los Amigos’ Alfonso Montano named Garden Grove League MVP for boys’ soccer," 6 Aug. 2019 One of the popular destinations was a village street sweeper. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe kids get a chance to climb high and honk horns at Meet the Machines," 23 July 2019 The Supra manages to be both stable in long sweepers and agile in esses that force the suspension to load and unload side-to-side. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "With the 2020 GR Supra, Toyota Gets In Touch With Its Fun Side," 12 May 2019 Just off of 8 Mile Road in Harper Woods, the street sweeper veered into the barrier between highways and tipped over, according to WDIV-TV. Dixita Limbachia., Detroit Free Press, "I-94 reopened after street sweeper crash shuts down highway," 15 July 2019 Ronald Koeman - The Dutch sweeper, a master of free-kicks and penalties, famously scored the only goal of the 1992 European Cup final as Cruyff's 'Dream Team' beat Sampdoria. SI.com, "Johan Cruyff: The Creator of the Barcelona Dream Team's All-Time Best XI," 9 Aug. 2019 The new Tymco Model 600 is mounted on a dual steering 2019 Freightliner model M-2 cab and chassis street sweeper, which has a $243,238 price tag. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Seven Hills using sewer district funds to pay for new $224,000 street sweeper," 25 July 2019

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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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