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    Talking Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    What does near-sweep mean?
    Does it mean a victory that wins a lot more than the rival?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    Context?
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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Context?
    Sometimes I feel we could use an emoticon for this request .
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Context?
    Oh! I didn't know it has various meanings...sorry about that.
    I found "near sweep" in this paragraph:
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    In defeating Mitt Romney, the president carried Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, a near sweep of the battleground states, and was holding a narrow advantage in Florida. The path to victory for Mr. Romney narrowed as the night wore along, with Mr. Obama winning at least 303 electoral votes.
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    Is this enough context? I hope I'm expressing my question clear enough this time!

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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    A near sweep is not quite a clean sweep.
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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A near sweep is not quite a clean sweep.
    So...does "near sweep" still sound like a huge victory?
    ("Not quite"here means "very close to~" right?)
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    IMO, yes to both.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

    Note a near sweep of the battleground states, not of all of the states.

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