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sweeper (n.)

1520s, agent noun from sweep (v.). As a position in soccer (association football) by 1964.

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Definitions of sweeper from WordNet

sweeper (n.)
an employee who sweeps (floors or streets etc.);
sweeper (n.)
a cleaning implement with revolving brushes that pick up dirt as the implement is pushed over a carpet;
Synonyms: carpet sweeper
sweeper (n.)
little-known nocturnal fish of warm shallow seas with an oblong compressed body;
From wordnet.princeton.edu