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.

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“Clean out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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