clean out

phrasal verb

cleaned out; cleaning out; cleans out
: to remove unwanted things from (a room, closet, etc.)
We spent the weekend cleaning out the garage.
informal : to steal or take everything from (someone or something)
The thieves broke in and cleaned out the store.
informal : to use up all or most of the money of (someone)
Buying the house really cleaned us out. Now we're broke.

Examples of clean out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the roof — which held 150 years’ worth of insulation, including asbestos — had to be completely cleaned out. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 June 2024 Within hours of Davie Berman’s funeral in 1957, the mob had cleaned out her house and given away all her toys. Lisa Depaulo, Vulture, 30 Apr. 2024 Other parents said that their children's savings accounts, some with balances as high as $80,000, were cleaned out after joining Shekinah. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024 Research has shown that using a stool decreases straining and helps completely clean out the bowels.18 Not rushing the process and giving yourself enough time to poop also helps. Karen Pallarito, Health, 12 May 2024 Before cleaning out the nose, use saline drops or spray to break up the mucus and make the suction easier and more comfortable for your little one. Christin Perry, Parents, 10 May 2024 Checking the age recommendation will ensure your child is most comfortable while their nose gets cleaned out. Christin Perry, Parents, 10 May 2024 Police were seen cleaning out the encampment around 11 a.m. and about a dozen people were seen sitting near a police vehicle with their hands zip tied behind their back. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 26 Apr. 2024 Blair said the plant has to clean out the rotating combs of one of his facility’s largest sorting machines three or more times a day to remove filmy plastic. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 22 Apr. 2024

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“Clean out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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