[sweep-sek-uh nd] /ˈswipˌsɛk ənd/
(on a timepiece) a second hand that is a sweep hand.
- Sweep something under the rug
sweep something under the rug
noun 1. a sweepstakes. noun 1. a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize the prize itself 2. any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors’ stakes
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. a race or other contest for which the prize consists of the stakes contributed by the various competitors. 2. the prize itself. 3. a lottery in which winning tickets are selected at random, each winning-ticket number then being matched to one of the horses nominated for […]
- Sweep under the rug
Hide something, as in Their attempts to sweep the scandal under the rug were not very successful. This idiom alludes to sweeping dust under the rug, so it won’t be seen. [ Mid-1900s ]