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Shuffle vs Sweep - What's the difference?

shuffle | sweep |

As nouns the difference between shuffle and sweep

is that shuffle is the act of shuffling cards while sweep is the person who steers a dragon boat.

As verbs the difference between shuffle and sweep

is that shuffle is to put in a random order while sweep is to clean (a surface) by means of a motion of a broom or brush.




(en noun)
  • The act of shuffling cards.
  • He made a real mess of the last shuffle .
  • An instance of walking without lifting one's feet.
  • ''The sad young girl left with a tired shuffle .
  • (by extension, music) A rhythm commonly used in blues music. Consists of a series of triplet notes with the middle note missing, so that it sounds like a long note followed by a short note. Sounds like a walker dragging one foot.
  • A trick; an artifice; an evasion.
  • The gifts of nature are beyond all shame and shuffles . — L'Estrange.


    * 1995 Mel Kernahan, White savages in the South Seas, Verso, p113 *: As I lay there listening to the strange night sounds, I hear the shuffle of someone creeping by outside in the grass. * 2003 Edmund G. Bansak & Robert Wise, Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career, McFarland, p394 *: She has a crippled leg, and every time she walks we hear the shuffle of her crinoline skirt and the thumping of her cane. * 2008 Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, Pan Macmillan Australia, p148 *: Around her, she could hear the shuffle of her own hands, disturbing the shelves.

    Derived terms

    * to get / become / be lost in the shuffle


  • To put in a random order.
  • Don't forget to shuffle the cards.
    You shuffle , I'll deal.
    The data packets are shuffled before transmission.
    I'm going to shuffle all the songs in my playlist.
  • To move in a slovenly, dragging manner; to drag or scrape the feet in walking or dancing.
  • He shuffled out of the room.
    I shuffled my feet in embarrassment.
  • * Keats
  • The aged creature came / Shuffling along with ivory-headed wand.
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  • To change; modify the order of something.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 28 , author=Marc Vesty , title=Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But, rather than make a change up front, Hughes shuffled his defence for this match, replacing Carlos Salcido with Baird, in a move which few would have predicted would prove decisive.}}
  • To change one's position; to shift ground; to evade questions; to resort to equivocation; to prevaricate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I myself, hiding mine honour in my necessity, am fain to shuffle .
  • To use arts or expedients; to make shift.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your life, good master, / Must shuffle for itself.
  • To shove one way and the other; to push from one to another.
  • to shuffle money from hand to hand
  • To remove or introduce by artificial confusion.
  • * Dryden
  • It was contrived by your enemies, and shuffled into the papers that were seiz'd.

    Derived terms

    * deshuffle * reshuffle * shufflable, shuffleable * shuffle off this mortal coil * shuffle off * shuffle up * shuffler




  • To clean (a surface) by means of a motion of a broom or brush.
  • to sweep a floor, the street, or a chimney
  • * (Bible), (w) xiv. 23
  • I will sweep it with the besom of destruction.
  • To move through an (horizontal) arc or similar long stroke.
  • * 2005 , (Lesley Brown) (translator), Sophist by (Plato), :
  • [H]as the course of the argument so accustomed you to agreeing that you were swept by it into a ready assent?
  • To search (a place) methodically.
  • (figuratively) To travel quickly.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=February 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Arsenal 2-1 Everton , passage=Everton took that disputed lead in a moment that caused anger to sweep around the Emirates. }}
  • (cricket) To play a sweep shot.
  • (curling) To brush the ice in front of a moving stone, causing it to travel farther and to curl less.
  • (ergative) To move something in a particular motion, as a broom.
  • (sports) To win (a series) without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
  • (sports) To defeat (a team) in a series without drawing or losing any of the games in that series.
  • To remove something abruptly and thoroughly.
  • The wind sweeps the snow from the hills.
    The flooded river swept away the wooden dam.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author= Ed Pilkington
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=6, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= ‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told , passage=In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.}}
  • To brush against or over; to rub lightly along.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Their long descending train, / With rubies edged and sapphires, swept the plain.
  • *
  • Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  • To carry with a long, swinging, or dragging motion; hence, to carry in a stately or proud fashion.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • And like a peacock sweep along his tail.
  • To strike with a long stroke.
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • Wake into voice each silent string, / And sweep the sounding lyre.
  • (nautical) To draw or drag something over.
  • to sweep the bottom of a river with a net
  • To pass over, or traverse, with the eye or with an instrument of observation.
  • to sweep the heavens with a telescope

    Derived terms

    * sweeper * sweep across * sweep someone off their feet * sweep something under the rug * sweep up * sweepy


    (en noun)
  • The person who steers a dragon boat.
  • A person who stands at the stern of a surf boat, steering with a steering oar and commanding the crew.
  • A chimney sweep.
  • A search (typically for bugs [electronic listening devices]).
  • (cricket) A batsman's shot, played from a kneeling position with a swinging horizontal bat.
  • A lottery, usually on the results of a sporting event, where players win if their randomly chosen team wins.
  • Jim will win fifty dollars in the office sweep if Japan wins the World Cup.
  • A flow of water parallel to shore caused by wave action at an ocean beach or at a point or headland.
  • A single action of sweeping.
  • Violent and general destruction.
  • the sweep of an epidemic disease
  • (metalworking) A movable templet for making moulds, in loam moulding.
  • (card games) In the game casino, the act of capturing all face-up cards from the table.
  • The compass of any turning body or of any motion.
  • the sweep''' of a door; the '''sweep of the eye
  • Direction or departure of a curve, a road, an arch, etc. away from a rectilinear line.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • the road which makes a small sweep
  • A large oar used in small vessels, partly to propel them and partly to steer them.
  • (refining, obsolete) The almond furnace.
  • A long pole, or piece of timber, moved on a horizontal fulcrum fixed to a tall post and used to raise and lower a bucket in a well for drawing water.
  • (in the plural) The sweepings of workshops where precious metals are worked, containing filings, etc.
  • Derived terms

    * chimney sweep * clean sweep * sweepstake