In sports (basketball and baseball, mainly) when one team wins every game in a series.
Teams will always sweep.
A time of the year the world of television programs where the virgins become sluts, the straits become gay, the mild-mannered become basket-cases, likeable characters turn out to be evil and/or die, couples cheat on eachother, the selfless turn selfish, someone gets pregnant, and just about any other thing that the creators can think of to boost their show's ratings enough to avoid getting cancelled by the network executives.
Often as soon as sweeps week is over, all these elements are suddenly written out or forgotten.
FOX is the best network to catch sweeps week stunts due to their tendancy to cancel on a whim.
When a girl brushes away a guy's hand as he tries to finger her.
Bill "So how was that chick you met at the party yesterday?"
Ted "Man things were going good, but everytime I tried to take things further I got the sweep."
Lucy "Did anything happen with you and Ted last night?"
Sally "No don't worry I swept him away everytime he tried anything."
A Style of picking, used on the guitar. You sweep your pick across the string, most of the time producing a triplet sound.
Usually used to sweep arpeggios.
"Wow Yngwie sweeps like a mutha fucker."
"You really suck at sweeps"
(n.) a raid by the police
They caught him in a sweep.
a technique with the guitar in which the fretting fingers are moved one at a time while the picking hand does not pick at all but strums.
"Pray for Plagues" by Bring Me The Horizon... has a sweep.
(n) the amount or extent of emotional movement in a piece of art
(adj) the quality of possessing the aforementioned
*especially relevant when referring to a film
*more so when referring to an epic
The movie adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are just looks like it will have the certain sweep that made the book so touching.