Synonyms of sweep in English:



  • 2 I swept the crumbs off the floor
    remove, wash away, expel, dispose of, eliminate, get rid of; brush, clean, clear, whisk
  • 3 he was swept out to sea
    carry, pull, drag, drive
  • 4 riots swept the country
    engulf, overwhelm, flood, flow across, surge over
  • 7 fire swept through the building
    race, hurtle, streak, spread like lightning
    informal tear, whip


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  • 2 both men were arrested in a nationwide security sweep
    search, hunt, exploration, probe, forage, pursuit, quest


sweep something aside

they can sweep aside any criticism by declaring that they are rewarding the loyalty of dedicated fans disregardignoretake no notice ofthink no more ofdismissshrug offforget aboutbrush aside

sweep something under the carpet

their grievances became clearly visible and could no longer be conveniently swept under the carpet
[Antonyms] disclose publicize
hideconcealkeep hiddensuppresskeep quiet abouthush upnot disclosenot breathe a word ofcensorredactgagwithholdcover upsmotherstiflemuzzleban

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