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overclean

verb over·clean \ ˌō-vər-ˈklēn \

Definition of overclean

overcleaned; overcleaning
: to clean (something) too much
  • Overcleaning gold jewelry may cause unnecessary wear.
  • We are victims of our own (carefully nurtured by advertising) need to overclean everything in our lives. We do our children no favours whatsoever by subjecting them to a sterile environment in the house only to send their unprepared immune systems out into a grubby, germy world.
  • —Lee Simpson

First Known Use of overclean

1815

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overclean

adjective

Definition of overclean

: excessively clean
  • An overclean fish tank lacks important components of a natural ecosystem.
  • … the windows were not overclean. In honest truth, it must be admitted that they were positively dirty.
  • —William Alexander Hammond

First Known Use of overclean

1748

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