sweep something away

sweep something away
sweep something away (or aside)
remove, dispel, or abolish something in a swift and sudden way

Nahum's smile swept away the air of apprehensive gloom

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ˌsweep sthaˈway derived
to get rid of sth completely

Any doubts had long since been swept away.

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