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Sweep up   /swip əp/   Listen
Sweep up

Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action.  Synonyms: drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, tangle.  "Don't drag me into this business"
Take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own.  Synonyms: adopt, embrace, espouse.  "They adopted the Jewish faith"

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"Sweep up" Quotes from Famous Books

... out in sight, and the wind is light enough to give us the chance of capturing her. Sometimes we go out on a cruise for a month at a time; but that is not often. At other times we do the work of the town, mend the roads, sweep up the filth, repair the quays; do anything, in fact, that wants doing. The work, except in the galleys, is not above a man's strength. Some men die under it, because the Spaniards lose heart and turn sullen, and then down comes the whip on their backs, and they ...
— By England's Aid or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604) • G.A. Henty

... was not all accomplished at one time. It took three repasts to finish the banquet (the partitions of 1792-1793-1794), and then some time more was required to sweep up the fragments and to efface its name from the map of Europe. Kosciusko and his followers made their last vain and desperate stand in 1794, and when he fell covered with wounds at the battle of Kaminski, Poland fell with him. ...
— A Short History of Russia • Mary Platt Parmele

... as I sweep up the withered leaves, might be heard at a furlong's distance."—T. CARLYLE, from ...
— Thomas Carlyle - Biography • John Nichol

Words linked to "Sweep up" :   latch on, drag in, take up, hook on, seize on, embroil, fasten on, involve, accept

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