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cleanup

noun clean·up \ ˈklēn-ˌəp \
Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of cleanup

1 : an act or instance of cleaning
  • The children helped with the cleanup.
2 : an exceptionally large profit : killing
  • made a cleanup when he sold his stocks

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Origin and Etymology of cleanup

see 1clean


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cleanup

adjective

Definition of cleanup

: being in the fourth position in the batting order of a baseball team
  • a cleanup hitter

cleanup

adverb

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First Known Use of cleanup

1912

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clean up

verb

Definition of clean up

1 : to make a spectacular profit in a business enterprise or a killing in speculation or gambling
2 : to become free of drug or alcohol addiction
  • I always cleaned up for tours. … By the end of the tour, I'm perfectly clean and should have stayed sober.
  • —Keith Richards

First Known Use of clean up

1920

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CLEANUP Defined for English Language Learners

cleanup

Definition of cleanup for English Language Learners

  • : the process of cleaning something


cleanup

Definition of cleanup for English Language Learners

  • : fourth in the batting order of a baseball team



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