sweep up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sweep up take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own "She embraced Catholicism","They adopted the Jewish faith"
    • v sweep up force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action "They were swept up by the events","don't drag me into this business"
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Usage

In literature:

At two o'clock Johnston had brought up his reserves and ordered the entire gray army to charge and sweep the field.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
On the right rose the wide sweep of steps and terraces leading up to the basilica, and every line of stone was crowned with heads.
"Lourdes" by Robert Hugh Benson
At night we were up to Elliott's Key, and anchored by making fast to a sweep shoved into the muddy bottom like a shad-pole.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
In front was a swamp stretching to the river, while batteries had been thrown up to sweep the approaches.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
I shall have to sweep it all up.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Battista and his brother then hauled up the sail enough to give such headway to the boat as we thought our sweeps would control.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
He lifted his arms as though he would sweep her up into them.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
I could hear my own heart beat against my ribs as I sneaked up to that counter-balanced sweep.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
Witness had seen Mr. John Malins sweep up the refuse coffee, and mix it with the pease and beans.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
Its circle went down the cliff steps to the valley floor, and came sweeping up again.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
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In poetry:

Sweep up the flure, Janet;
Put on anither peat.
It's a lown and a starry nicht, Janet,
And nowther cauld nor weet.
"Halloween" by George MacDonald
Sweeps, sweeps, sweeps,
Together the falling leaves,
And up the hillside leaps
Through the naked trees;
There shrieks, and roars, and storms;
"The Rape Of The Flowers" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
A million workers and peasants rise up,
Sweeping Jiangxi straight towards Hunan and Hubei.
To the Internationale's stirring strains
A wild whirlwind swoops from the sky.
"March from Tingzhou to Changsha" by Mao Zedong
"He shall sit in the dark while the courtly ball
All the gay night sweeps up and down
On the polished floor of the golden hall,
And thus shall he win his martyr's crown."
"The Ballad Of Saint Vitus" by Lord Alfred Douglas
There was an old Lady of Winchelsea,
Who said, 'If you needle or pin shall see
On the floor of my room,
Sweep it up with the broom!'
- That exhaustive old Lady of Winchelsea!
"Limerick: There was an old Lady of Winchelsea" by Edward Lear
Until a little wind upheaves,
And makes a sudden rustling there,
And then they drop their play,
Flash up into the sunless air,
And like a flight of silver leaves
Swirl round and sweep away.
"Snowbirds" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Sioux Steel Company of Sioux Falls is featuring the Daay Power Sweep which can be manufactured for bins from 15' up to 66'.
Officer Kevin Kissel with the Burton Police Department gears up for a warrant sweep Thursday evening.
Many believe the Baltimore Ravens would lock up the AFC North title next Sunday if they can sweep the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But can we live up to our rep, and sweep the mother of all Track and Field events.
City workers sweep up leaves on North Oakhill Avenue in Janesville last week.
While many aspects of the federal health reform law don't take full effect until 2014, states can choose whether to speed up or slow down some of the sweeping changes to the US health care system.
While the child crawls across hard floors, it sweeps up dirt and stains.
Brandon Morrow struck out a season-high 11, Omar Vizquel wrapped up his 24-year career and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
After a 5A sweep for Franklin and El Dorado in Midland Friday, Montwood and Americas came up short Saturday in Odessa .
WFTV cleans up in November sweeps.
The Hickory girls and boys basketball teams picked up a sweep on Friday against cross-town rival.
As awareness of H1N1 flu sweeps the nation, an industry of scams and fake cures has sprung up around it.
2A's top-ranked Cardinals pick up intensity in sweeping triangular.
Rated Bears serve up a sweep.
Cards wrap up sweep of Comets.
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In science:

As one can see from these figures, the grain grows exponentially as it sweeps up matter during its decent.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
The primary equation for our model is simply the conservation of momentum as the knots sweep up slower moving material.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
When sweeping through, part of the wavefunction will follow the state |1(cid:105) diabatically and ‘ignores’ the avoided crossing, while the other part will follow the eigen-energy adiabatically and end up in state |2(cid:105).
Observation of Stueckelberg oscillations in dipole-dipole interactions
This has the effect of reducing the velocity falloff as the shell propagates and sweeps up mass.
Thermal instabilities in cooling galactic coronae: fuelling star formation in galactic discs
When the leading relativistic shock will slow down, as it will sweep up the ambient medium, the slower moving matter will catch up from behind and provide a long-lasting afterglow.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
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