What are “sweeping phrases”?

Asked by: Stephanee Blanch

A sweeping statement is a statement which covers a broad topic in a concise or even terse manner. It’s a simile: a sweeping motion covering a broad area in one simple movement. Often, it is used in a pejorative sense to declare that the speaker has over-simplified a topic, or has made assumptions which are incorrect.

What is a sweeping statement example?

Some other examples of sweeping (sometimes insulting) statements: 1- A man argues with his house wife “what exactly you do at home all day long?” 2- This whole nation or country is arrogant/corrupt. 3- Mom to her child “you never do good work”

What does a sweeping comment mean?

adjective. If someone makes a sweeping statement or generalization, they make a statement which applies to all things of a particular kind, although they have not considered all the relevant facts carefully. [disapproval] It is far too early to make sweeping statements about gene therapy.

What is broad sweeping?

Something that’s sweeping is wide-ranging or thorough. A political candidate might campaign on promises to bring sweeping change to a country. Sweeping things can be extensive, like the sweeping powers a president has in a dictatorship, or curving, like the sweeping motion a dancer makes with his arm.

What is a sweeping conclusion?

not based on specific facts or details and therefore not completely accurate or fair. sweeping conclusions/generalizations/proposals. Synonyms and related words.

How do you not make a sweeping statement?

Avoid sweeping statements or generalisations. Do not make direct statements that are impossible to back up. You can do this by choosing your vocabulary carefully… Some good words to insert into your writing to display caution are: “tends”, “suggests”, “could”, “may”, “might”, “possibly”, “probably” etc.

What is a sweeping regulation?

Sweeping clause is a clause in the U.S. Constitution that empowers Congress to make laws that are necessary and proper for carrying out the powers of Congress and of any other departments and offices. This clause empowers Congress to enact federal laws for the country.

What does piping hot mean?

Very hot

Very hot, as in These biscuits are piping hot. This idiom alludes to something so hot that it makes a piping or hissing sound. [ Late 1300s]

Is a blanket statement?

A blanket statement is one that attempts to cover all situations (“like a blanket”) but is actually not true in all situations. For example: “Peanuts are good for you.” (For most people, they’re a nutritious food; but they’re not good for you if you’re seriously allergic to them, as some people are.)

What is the meaning of the idiom all at sea?

Perplexed, bewildered

Perplexed, bewildered, as in She was all at sea in these new surroundings. This idiom transfers the condition of a vessel that has lost its bearings to the human mind.

Is Brooming a word?

Brooming definition
(roofing) To improve the embedding of a membrane by using a broom or squeegee to smooth it out and ensure contact with the adhesive under the membrane. Present participle of broom.

What does by a hair mean?

Very narrowly

Very narrowly. For example, His serve was out by a hair, or We made our flight by a hairbreadth, or Dad missed hitting the pole by a whisker. The first two hyperboles for the very narrowest margin date from the 1300s and 1400s respectively; whisker meaning “a small amount” was first recorded in 1913.

What does the idiom hot potato mean?

Definition of hot potato
: a controversial question or issue that involves unpleasant or dangerous consequences for anyone dealing with it.

What does the idiom fish swallow mean?


Idiom: FISH-SWALLOW = gullible. The signer does a sign which depicts the swallowing of a fish but the actual meaning is that someone is gullible.

What does laughing like a drain mean?

to laugh very hard

Definition of laugh like a drain
British. : to laugh very hard She was laughing like a drain.

What does steal a march mean?

Gain an advantage over

Definition of steal a march on
Gain an advantage over unexpectedly or secretly, as in Macy’s stole a march on their rival department store with their Thanksgiving Day parade. This metaphoric expression comes from medieval warfare, where a march was the distance an army could travel in a day.

What is the meaning of idiom break the ice?

To remove the tension at a first meeting, at the opening of a party, etc.: “That joke really broke the ice at the conference; we all relaxed afterward.”