Middle English Dictionary Entry

swōpen v.
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Note: Cp. swaipen v., swappen v., swepen v., swippen v.
(a) To perform the act of sweeping, sweep; (b) to sweep (a floor, house, etc.) clean of dirt, dust, etc.; ~ clene; ppl. swopen, swept; (c) to move (dust, debris) with a broom, sweep; ~ oute; (d) fig. to cleanse (the heart) of evil or bitterness.
Of a person: to be swept along, drift.
In phrase:~ doun of, ?to cut down (sb. with an ax), fall on and kill.