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.
Word by Word Definitions
: so as to clean
: in a clean manner
: all the way : completely
: to make clean: such as
: to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter
: to rid of corruption
: an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
: an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
Learn More about clean out
Britannica English: Translation of clean out for Arabic speakers
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up clean out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).