sweep|ing [ `swipıŋ ] adjective
1. ) a sweeping change or development has a major effect:
He proposed sweeping changes to the business.
2. ) not based on specific facts or details and therefore not completely accurate or fair:
sweeping conclusions/generalizations/proposals
3. ) with a wide impressive curved shape:
She made a sweeping gesture with her arm.
a sweeping staircase

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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