spring-clean·​ing ˈspriŋ-ˈklē-niŋ How to pronounce spring-cleaning (audio)
: the act or process of doing a thorough cleaning of a place

Examples of spring-cleaning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just like the physical and mental benefits of traditional spring-cleaning within your home, these 10 tips will refresh and revitalize your body and mind in noticeably positive ways. Dana Santas, CNN, 28 Apr. 2023 Scrubbing down all your appliances, counters and furniture is an important step in spring-cleaning. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 23 Apr. 2023 During a thorough search that's often coupled with spring-cleaning, all chametz (usually including flour due to its potential to become chametz) is removed from the home. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History


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First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spring-cleaning was in 1841

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“Spring-cleaning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring-cleaning. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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