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sweeper

Line breaks: sweep¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈswiːpə
 
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Definition of sweeper in English:

noun

1A person or device that cleans a floor or road by sweeping: a street sweeper
More example sentences
  • Two days ago I saw road sweepers and contractors cleaning the streets around Chessington and Hook and doing a good job of it.
  • Guards, policemen, cleaning ladies and road sweepers will all be dancing in the street this weekend to launch the BBC's marketing campaign for The Queen's Golden Jubilee.
  • Bagenalstown is to get a new ‘green machine’ - a mechanical sweeper to clean the streets of the town.
2 Soccer A player stationed behind the other defenders, free to defend at any point across the field and sometimes initiating and supporting attacks.
Example sentences
  • But it is nothing like playing in the first team and I don't care where I play - be it right back, right wing back or sweeper - just as long as I can play regular football.
  • Player 1 passes straight out, then moves to sweeper to defend.
  • He plays more like a sweeper than a goalie, clearing the ball before the forward can even get to it.
3A small nocturnal shoaling fish of reefs and coastal waters, occurring chiefly in the tropical Indo-Pacific.
Example sentences
  • Around the pinnacles, lionfish and coral groupers lay ready to apprehend stragglers from the shoals of sweepers, while yellow-mouthed moray eels poked their heads from gaps in the coral as I passed.
  • Here we found lionfish, moray eels and sweepers.
  • Entirely encrusted with corals, Mawali is a lively reef, sheltering huge scorpionfish, nudibranchs, sweepers, flower groupers, lionfish and harlequin ghost pipefish.

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