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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SWEEPING

The first task that was set her was that of sweeping and dusting a parlor.

She meant to weave some nice brushes, for the evening sweeping.

He preferred to do this, rather than to go at once to work at the sweeping and cleaning.

I tried to think, to struggle against the tide that was sweeping me away.

A sane and sensible wave seemed to be sweeping the whole country.

The commotion of pursuit and investigation was sweeping past her tent.

Just now a wave of religion is sweeping over some of the Southern States.

She had her back turned towards me and was sweeping the floor.

With a sweeping flourish he slashed the paper globe in twain.

He was sweeping thoroughly into every corner where a broom could find entrance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, perhaps from a past tense form of Middle English swope "sweep," from Old English swapan "to sweep" (transitive & intransitive); see swoop. Related: Swept; sweeping.

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