sweep away

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Verb1.sweep away - eliminate completely and without a trace; "The old values have been wiped out"
destroy, destruct - do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; "The fire destroyed the house"
2.sweep away - overwhelm emotionally; "Her swept her away"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"

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vt sep dust, leaves etcwegfegen; (storm also, avalanche) → wegreißen; (flood etc) → wegspülen, wegschwemmen; (fig) old lawsaufräumen mit; work, accomplishmentszunichtemachen; doubtszerstreuen; oppositionvernichten
References in classic literature ?
Now sweep away this creeping night, and bring the light and cheer again, that all the world may bless thee.
He'd commit a murder, or would have done in those days, as readily as you or I would sweep away a fly.
Business leaders set out 30 proposals to sweep away barriers to growth and save billions of pounds.