What does it mean when someone says ** be swept out to somewhere**

Military divers who attempted to search the ship were swept out to sea.

The sentence was caption for the picture below.



To sweep means to broom, that is to remove different things using a broom.

In this case the action of waves and wind is similar to the action of a broom.

  • More or less, yes. Using "sweep" in this way is only idiomatic in most English dialects if (1) applied to weather (usually wind, waves, or currents) and (2) followed by a preposition ("swept out to sea," "swept away by the wind"). – chapka Apr 18 '14 at 19:48
  • I’ve got it. Much obliged! – Lucian Sava Apr 20 '14 at 6:51

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