clean up after

idiom

: to make a place clean after it has been left dirty or messy by (someone)
His mother is always cleaning up after him.
You should learn to clean up after yourself.

Examples of clean up after in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miami looked better with Tua Tagovailoa under center, but there was still a lot to clean up after a solid first quarter against the Steelers. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Volunteers empty the garbage and make rounds to ensure owners clean up after their dogs. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Leashed dogs are allowed; owners must clean up after their pets. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 If your dog has worms, be diligent with the treatment prescribed by the vet, and, most important, clean up after your pet. Bradley Van Paridon, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 People clean up after the devastating tornadoes in Little Rock, Ark., on Saturday. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 2 Apr. 2023 Mishandling of passes to errant throws, but the Horned Frogs were more than prepared to clean up after the Sooners’ mistakes with points on the other end. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 The team spent a week helping the community clean up after a destructive storm instead of attending football workouts. The Indianapolis Star, 3 Jan. 2023 That means the clean up after your fiesta is a cinch. Barry Samaha, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2022

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“Clean up after.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clean%20up%20after. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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