clean out

phrasal verb
cleaned out; cleaning out; cleans out

Definition of clean out

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

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concealment of treason or felony

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