1. noun
a) An instance of sweeping.

The sidewalk needed a sweeping every morning.

b) The activity of sweeping.

Sweeping took all morning.

a) wide, broad, affecting many things

The government will bring in sweeping changes to the income tax system.

b) Completely overwhelming

He loves making sweeping statements without the slightest evidence.

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