houseclean

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verb house·clean \ˈhau̇s-ˌklēn\

Definition of houseclean

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to clean a house and its furniture

  3. 2 :  to get rid of unwanted or undesirable items or people

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to clean the surfaces and furnishings of

  6. 2 :  to improve or reform by ridding of undesirable people or practices

housecleaning

noun

Origin and Etymology of houseclean

back-formation from housecleaning


First Known Use: 1863


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