Meaning of CLEAN in English

CLEAN

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a clean fuel (= fuel that does not harm the environment )

The proposal is to cut tax on cars that run on clean fuel.

a clean/dirty environment

People who live in a very clean environment may have a lower immunity to germs.

brush off/wash off/clean off the dirt

Wash the dirt off those boots before you come in.

clean clothes

I had no clean clothes.

clean energy (= which does not cause pollution )

Iceland possesses sufficient quantities of clean energy sources that it does not need to rely on fossil fuels.

clean forget American English (= completely forget )

He meant to invite Monica, but he clean forgot.

clean the floor

Next he had to clean the floor.

clean up the environment

It’s about time that we started cleaning up the environment.

clean up your image (= improve your image after it has been damaged )

The pop star promised to clean up his image after he was released from prison.

clean

His nails were neat and clean.

clean

London’s air is cleaner than it has been at any time since 1585.

clean

Millions of people do not have access to clean drinking water.

clean/bathe a wound

She finished cleaning the wound and began bandaging the arm.

clean/blank sheet of paper (= one with no writing on it )

clean/dirty laundry

a bag of dirty laundry

clean/polish your shoes

We used to clean our shoes every evening before we went to bed.

clear/clean up the mess

Whoever is responsible for this mess can clear it up immediately!

do the shopping/cleaning/ironing/cooking etc

Who does the cooking in your family?

dry cleaner's

dry/clean

I changed him into a dry nappy.

good clean fun British English (= not offensive or not involving sex )

The show is good clean fun for all the family.

keep sth clean/tidy

Keep your room tidy.

neat and clean

His clothes were always neat and clean .

need a (good) wash/clean/cut etc (= ought to be washed, cleaned etc )

His hair needs a wash.

nice and warm/clean/easy/quiet etc

The house seemed nice and tidy.

pipe cleaner

scraped...clean

The two of them scraped their dishes clean .

scrubbed clean

The table needs to be scrubbed clean .

sparkling clean

a sparkling clean kitchen

spotlessly clean

The whole house was spotlessly clean .

steam clean

straight/right/clean through

The bullet passed straight through his skull.

vacuum cleaner

window cleaner

wipe/clean your glasses

Harry wiped his glasses with the corner of a handkerchief.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

scrupulously

Keep clothes scrupulously clean and well-cared for.

He was dressed in a scrupulously clean but threadbare dhoti and he wore a pale blue turban which exactly matched his eyes.

spotlessly

Bull leaned out of the window, gripping the edge of the crumbling sill with spotlessly clean hands.

It's wide and white and spotlessly clean , and they take their Christmas very seriously.

Aggie was a spotlessly clean woman who prided herself on her housekeeping.

Owned by the municipality of Funchal, the whole facility is kept spotlessly clean .

All this is exquisitely landscaped, spotlessly clean and gives the impression of being the work of an inspired, efficient dictator.

Luckily, the Palace's spotlessly clean and well furnished rooms provide the perfect haven for a late siesta before dinner.

The pension is simply furnished, but spotlessly clean and very friendly.

Everything in our house was spotlessly clean .

very

The basin in the corner was also very clean .

This meant that the interior of the longhouse was very clean .

Overall it's a very clean smooth shape.

First, let me say that I think Lute Olson runs a very clean program.

Both Maid Marian and Holy War are very clean engines and little smoke can be seen even when working hard.

A not very clean handkerchief trailed from the top pocket.

Rooms are very clean , bright, triple-glazed and air-conditioned-some even have en-suite facilities.

The tank contains a mixture of community fish and a Plec which keeps the tank very clean .

■ NOUN

air

There was that sudden, breathtaking chill of cold, clean air as you walked into the dome.

Environmentalists have spread the alarm about clean air and water.

Such procedures should aim to ensure efficient operation and the provision of fresh, clean air .

Where is there more opportunity to enjoy the elemental values of living, bright sun and clean air and space?

Her hair flew out behind her, and the clean air struck her face.

When the whole rotor system is spinning in clean air , it suddenly lifts very strongly-translational lift.

It was waiting lists, it was good, clean air , preserving community, the back-to-backs condemned.

I open the windows of my truck wide, to smell the fresh clean air .

bill

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

And with a clean bill of health, Granato is promising to be same kind of performer he always was.

A clean bill of health has certainly helped, while the catches, crucially, have been sticking.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

Charles ended up with a clean bill of health and a parking ticket.

Still, clean bills of health come easily from an impoverished medical system that revolves around pseudo-medicine and bribes.

break

In such cases a clean break at 16+ removed many existing constraints and frustrations.

It was best to make a clean break .

Men may suffer just as much when a relationship fails, but they seem able to make a cleaner break .

He says it indicates a clean break with a stupid and superstitious past.

Gossip has it that his wife had recently left him and he wanted to make a clean break .

The adoption of an economy based on farming did not effect a clean break .

And this year the association has tried to make a clean break from the past.

Half of her wanted to get the journey and the parting over, to make a quick, clean break .

clothes

Then I took my bag into a loo and took everything off and changed into clean clothes .

Ralph dressed carefully for the visit, in clean clothes .

She pulled on one of the towelling robes and wandered back into the bedroom, selecting clean clothes .

I went home and showered and shaved and put on clean clothes .

Besides, Ma would be glad of the clean clothes .

Kat and I searched our packs for our cleanest clothes .

He's never given enough clean clothes and he's chastised for the slightest thing.

Think how nice it would be to have on clean clothes and not literally smell like a goat.

cut

Don't shorten the stems, just tidy them to a clean cut , and do the same with any broken roots.

Where Clinton is rugged and earthy, Gore is clean cut and preppy.

That was something I could understand, and approve of - to make a clean cut .

I drew it downwards with a clean cut .

He had a few days growth of stubble but something about him was fundamentally clean cut .

They give a clean cut , keeping plants healthy and strong.

More teeth give a cleaner cut , and are better for cutting across the grain if a really smooth finish is required.

Each bundle is then clipped with garden shears to give a clean cut .

environment

Secondly, high technology industries are footloose - products such as microchips are easy to transport, and thrive in a clean environment .

Nothing more dramatic than a cleaner environment .

Preferences in politics can include anything from higher wages, a cleaner environment , world peace, or the realization of democracy.

By investing in public transport, we start to transform commuters' lives and create a cleaner environment .

New Zealand farmers have one big advantage in any marketing campaign: their country's sparklingly clean environment .

Even the most affluent - who can afford private health care and private education - can not buy a clean environment .

Indeed, that is what all pollution control is about - people paying to live in a cleaner environment .

fuel

The Government has made moves to encourage owners of vehicles to adopt cleaner fuel , but action is slow.

While this step awaits technical advances, cleaner fuels for cars and lorries, such as methanol, are urged for immediate use.

Gas usage will increase particularly in the home-heating sectors and in industries requiring clean fuels .

A great deal of research effort is going into overcoming hydrogen's shortcomings, mainly because it's such a clean fuel .

hand

Bull leaned out of the window, gripping the edge of the crumbling sill with spotlessly clean hands .

Out of this sordid mix of political short-sightedness and commercial greed, no government emerges with clean hands .

The patient himself may pick one up with clean hands , but no one else.

No one comes to the bargaining table with thoroughly clean hands , but we can be thankful that they still show up.

Their support is based on a belief that the left governments have clean hands and have improved municipal services.

I wish I had discovered his method of undertaking glassfibre repairs with clean hands and no brush years ago.

pair

In a separate incident, Ferguson also showed Irvine a clean pair of heels.

I put on a clean pair of socks.

plate

The March Hare poured a little hot tea on its nose, and the Hatter began to look for a clean plate .

All that your hosts ask is that you observe some simple decorum and take a clean plate each time.

He watches her in the yard with her cloth and bucket, as she kneels to tackle the clean plates .

Maybe because the routine of washing-up is basically enjoyable - hot water and clean plates at the end of it.

sheet

If we started with a clean sheet of paper we would not plan it that way.

They are treading unfamiliar ground in the relegation zone and have failed to keep a clean sheet this season.

Also there is some funny rule regarding how long a player must be on the pitch to claim a clean sheet .

A clean sheet of blotting paper should be in the blotter. 5.

Bagshaw gave himself a clean sheet on all these points.

He copied it on to a clean sheet of paper.

Liverpool can not afford to concede a goal tonight-and James has yet to keep a clean sheet .

It was also a good day for goalkeeper Graham Brown, who kept five clean sheets .

shirt

I wear a tang of aftershave and a clean shirt .

When he reached into his dresser drawer that morning, Jeffrey Pyle says, all he wanted was a clean shirt .

The parquet was shined, the table-cloths starched and the waiters had clean shirts .

They washed at a pump behind the church, and each child was dressed in a clean shirt .

Fresh hose a clean shirt , a cup of claret, a meat pie and a manchet loaf!

He got out of bed and put his clothes on, the same clothes but a clean shirt .

Ensure each male arrives at the party freshly showered and with a clean shirt .

When he was dressed, in a clean shirt and a fresh suit, he telephoned Inspector Lane.

slate

The bambina hardly knows me, let's give her, too, a start on a clean slate .

Many academics really do believe that all of us are now beginning once again with a clean slate .

The new-born child is virtually a clean slate , to be written on by the world.

Orson Pratt, one of the originals, stressed the clean slate of history on which they wrote.

Although there is never a clean slate on which to start planning, the new start provides the necessity for such planning.

He wanted to use the subsidiary as a totally clean slate and he wanted true collaboration from the beginning.

When things go wrong Many people today believe that children begin life with a clean slate .

Standard variable cost is better as any inefficiencies stay in the transferring division and the receiving division starts with a clean slate .

sweep

Now is the time to make a clean sweep of all the jobs you put off during the bad weather.

I had made up my mind at the Scenic Overlook to make a clean sweep through the house.

A clean sweep , that was what was needed.

The poll also pointed to a clean sweep for the Democrats in elections for lieutenant-governor and attorney-general.

Worrell averaged 83 with the bat, leading his team to only the fourth 5-0 clean sweep in Test history.

But he failed to achieve a clean sweep of the end-of-season awards.

Lismore's minor outfit were beaten 21-14 by Notra Dame to destroy chances of a clean sweep .

water

Then they went into another tank of clean water and from there into an oven to dry.

Ultraviolet light, hydrogen peroxide and ozone assure crystal-clear, clean water .

Local government has not been able to supply clean water from surface sources.

While toy sales here have hit a record high they face a desperate shortage of clean water .

The clean water can then flow back into the river.

Alternatively, you will need to empty the bath and refill it with clean water .

Hands should be washed afterwards in clean water .

Drain peas, place in a large pan and cover with plenty of clean water . 2.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Mr Clean

come clean

And when you picked hold of the fish and got hold of a piece it would come clean away.

He felt happy to finally be able to come clean about it, but he felt her withdraw.

In addition, you risk being fired when you come clean, another attorney pointed out.

Labour will not come clean with its figures, so it is bound to describe ours as jiggery-pokery.

So when the station came clean, they had to field several angry calls accusing them of pro-Nottingham Forest bias.

Still, I must come clean.

That is all very well, but why does he not come clean and give us Labour's figures?

That night, at dinner, David and I came clean, and told our friends about singing to fish.

give sb/sth a clean bill of health

Maddox was given a clean bill of health by his doctor.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

keep your nose clean

He's been sentenced to seven years in prison, but he'll be out in four if he keeps his nose clean.

It's not a great job, but if you keep your nose clean, you should be promoted by the end of the year.

But journalists are supposed to keep their noses clean, or at least tell us when they don't.

But keep his nose clean and take their money, and he could have a marvellous life in Berlin.

make a clean breast of it/things

He needs to go before the public and make a clean breast of it.

pick sth clean

show (sb) a clean pair of heels

spanking clean

take sb to the cleaner's

the cleaner's

wipe the slate clean

It would be nice if we could wipe the slate clean and start over.

First among these was the introduction of penances which, it was hoped, would wipe the slate clean.

We must start wiping the slate clean of all such inner accounting.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

clean -burning natural gas

Clean air and water is a necessity of life.

a clean towel

A large house is difficult to keep clean .

Are your hands clean ?

Cats are very clean animals.

Dave's been clean for over a year now.

Drivers with clean driving records pay less in insurance.

Everyone wants a clean and honest election.

Fortunately, the glass made a clean cut on his leg.

Gene always has the cleanest desk in the office.

He's been asked to tell some jokes in his speech but he's got to keep it clean .

He changed into a clean shirt.

I'll put some clean sheets on the bed.

I couldn't get the tiles any cleaner.

Join us tomorrow night for an evening of good clean fun.

Monica is what I would call a clean freak.

Our hotel room was lovely and clean .

the clean lines of Morrison's drawings

the car's clean style

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He smelt clean and I shut my eyes.

Instead, they should provide the user with clean needles and information to help avoid infection.

Nothing more dramatic than a cleaner environment.

The Emperor, however, envisaged a city which was not only light and clean but also full of air.

The graphics in Duke are cleaner, but they have a cartoon-like feel to them.

They should be soft, clean , and even colored.

This results in a clean , undistorted image which looks like it's come out of a laser printer rather than a fax machine.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

act

More recently Lou has cleaned up his act and started setting the world to rights.

Citibank insists it has cleaned up its act .

The industry was effectively warned to clean up its act or face legislation.

Naming and shaming remains an option should the company not clean up its act .

But he eventually sees their potential and cleans up his act just in time.

Despite Mr Haider's grandiose, unbelievable last-minute pledges to clean up his act , there should be no wavering.

Drivers whose vehicles give off more poisonous chemicals than are allowed have ten days to clean up their act .

Legislation aimed at forcing the power firms to clean up their act is being fought tooth and nail by the polluters.

air

Creating new technologies to clean up the air could actually spur economic growth rather than burden it.

Areas with severe pollution have longer deadlines to clean up their air , but must take much stronger steps.

How have growing cities such as Albuquerque and Portland managed to clean up their air ?

area

You may prefer to use a flannel to clean this area , as this will afford greater control.

Start by cleaning the area of built-up dirt, paint or deteriorated caulk.

An aerosol foam shampoo is useful for cleaning small areas .

However Darlington was one of the first towns to apply to the Public Health Board to clean up its area .

car

Another victim of the household siren was a Colorado man who was ensnared while cleaning his car in his underpants.

Glancing towards the car park, I am transfixed by the sight of a man in a flat cap cleaning our car.

I think he likes to clean the car .

He got up and went outside to clean the car .

Mr Browning said it was probably a bird he hit on the way, and later cleaned the car .

Top tips for a fun Father's Day Pride and joy Offer to clean his car both inside and out.

Nearly a quarter of men clean out their cars once a month whereas nearly three in four women do it less frequently.

floor

Let's just shove everything back into the cupboards, clean the floor and go.

They call cleaning the floors training!

They were chatting about the weekend while Diana, ever the Cinderella, was on her knees cleaning the kitchen floor .

Castors, as well as being a straight forward mobility device, also help with kitchen hygiene when it is time to clean the floor .

She put Tom's body in the bath and cleaned the floor .

There's this man on this big white car thing going round cleaning the floor .

These vans keep coming and going and the man on the cleaning machine is having another go at cleaning the floor .

house

The house had been cleaned as well as was possible.

Apparently partisan house cleaning and patronage pay-offs are considered routine at the Corporation Commission.

image

Naturally the publicity machine is already at work trying to clean up Phillips' image .

About two years ago Autobacs cleaned up its oily-rag image .

Several of the world's largest companies now spend more on cleaning up their image than on promoting their products.

mess

He then commanded one of his daughters-in-law to clean up the mess .

But they are merely marginal figures that mostly clean up the mess .

Mr Marland wants action to clean up the mess once and for all.

The use of public funds to clean up the jusen mess will be the main focus of the session.

Scientists are now drawing up plans to clean up the mess .

Just write and go back later to clean up the mess .

Now taxpayers must pay hundreds of billions of dollars to clean up the mess left by under-capitalised thrifts.

When a child cleans up her mess , thank her.

plate

At each meal she willingly cleaned her plate , eating ice cream and fried chicken until she felt bloated.

A start is to ignore the old Depression-era paternal messages about cleaning your plate .

While the other plebes were bitching about the chow, Eddie cleaned his plate .

room

Grimsdale's eldest daughter cleaned the room briefly with a broom and the rest of the children scurried about the house.

The maids in their navy-blue uniforms and white ruffled aprons took twice as long to clean his room .

We all worked extremely hard in the next few days, cleaning all the rooms and preparing the food.

By daybreak, they are working together, cleaning up their rooms .

She cleaned up the room , did not even hear his curses, and thought how nothing could affect her any longer.

An organized raid could clean up in that room , right down to the rubies and diamonds in their noses.

She cleaned his room while he lay moving his arms about, as if he had forgotten how to do it.

Would your children rather clean their rooms than raid the refrigerator for a snack?

site

Bioremediation appears to be a very attractive, and in many cases a cost-effective way of cleaning up many contaminated sites .

It was ordered to clean up the site and spent $ 211, 000 doing so.

Bioremediation is being evaluated by both industry and the US-EPA as one technology for cleaning up hazardous waste sites .

The parents mouth the little larvae out of their shells to move them to clean site .

Second, the technology for cleaning a site , rather than simply sealing it, is still inadequate and expensive.

They could also find themselves having to pay to clean up pollution on sites they have bought.

Most of the debate about cleaning contaminated sites has concentrated on the Superfund programme.

spring

When the staff knew he was coming to visit the school the whole place was spring cleaned .

tooth

And evidence shows that women feel more inhibited by things like not having cleaned their teeth or feeling grubby.

Always make sure you clean your teeth properly, using a small-headed brush and only a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.

It was the water, the other reporters said, but she couldn't clean her teeth in beer.

How often do you clean your teeth , Miss Harland?

For the first time in her adult life, Polly went to bed without bathing or cleaning her teeth .

She looked like a virgin who cleaned her teeth after every meal and delighted to take great bites from rosy apples.

Back in the en suite bathroom, he briskly cleans his teeth and brushes his hair.

Only drink bottled water - check the seal hasn't been broken - and use it to clean your teeth .

vacuum

For safety and efficiency, clear the loft and prepare the wood by vacuum cleaning it.

Dust extraction plant had been installed and a vacuum cleaning system became operational.

window

After she had polished the furniture, she cleaned the windows .

All the windows and paintwork need cleaning much more often than normal.

He was to hold on to the window sash while cleaning .

It's quite a job, keeping the windows clean on Integrity 2.

He ran out of sponsorship money and had to take on odd jobs like window cleaning to fund his Formula Three programme.

■ VERB

need

Quite decent things, hopelessly botched, needing to be made clean again.

The rooms needed repairs and cleaning , so the school remained outdoors for some weeks.

This means the aquarium will not need cleaning as often as a less densely planted one.

All the windows and paintwork need cleaning much more often than normal.

Preparation consists of cleaning and degreasing: iron and steel need to be cleaned of rust.

The finer the foam, or the smaller the cartridge, the more often it will need cleaning .

start

Burun started to clean the cuts on Suragai's hands.

The decent folks in that town are again starting to clean it up by themselves.

When you are quite happy and confident with your untidy loops you can start to clean them up a little.

Below decks, Grace was shipshape, but after calling on Lord Jim Nenna always felt impelled to start cleaning the bright-work.

I thought, how can I look busy9 I started cleaning up the desk and putting in more files.

Babushka said she would do this and, waving goodbye to the kings, started to clean her cabin.

Everything was spotless and new, even before Mama started cleaning .

try

It wiped the spittle, trying to clean off the dirt.

I am trying to clean it so that we can move in.

It was hard to believe twelve stones and I tried to clean the lens.

He looked for his black shoes, found them plaster-dust white, tried to clean them off.

I tried to clean it out with a trolley.

Some of us took our shirts off and dipped them over the side and tried to clean them.

For a while my wife and I were helpless with laughter, but trying to clean up afterwards taught us a lesson!

Naturally the publicity machine is already at work trying to clean up Phillips' image.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Mr Clean

give sb/sth a clean bill of health

Maddox was given a clean bill of health by his doctor.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

keep your nose clean

He's been sentenced to seven years in prison, but he'll be out in four if he keeps his nose clean.

It's not a great job, but if you keep your nose clean, you should be promoted by the end of the year.

But journalists are supposed to keep their noses clean, or at least tell us when they don't.

But keep his nose clean and take their money, and he could have a marvellous life in Berlin.

lovely and warm/fresh/clean etc

All that changed, as inevitably it had to, but it was lovely and warm and fulfilling while it lasted.

I always keep the heater on upstairs, so it's always lovely and warm.

make a clean breast of it/things

He needs to go before the public and make a clean breast of it.

spanking clean

squeaky clean

a squeaky clean kitchen

He's a squeaky clean kid -- doesn't smoke, drink, or do drugs or anything.

John has a squeaky clean reputation.

The floor is squeaky clean.

Equally, all customers are not squeaky clean, so there's quite often a story to be told from both sides.

How squeaky clean can I get?

It's juice running down chins, fingers instead of forks, plates licked squeaky clean and belts loosened around waists.

Not just as squeaky clean, boring Ewan Famber but as a man.

The beginning of the main strip in Shelbyville is a squeaky clean residential area.

This kind of possibility is a new experience for a city where the police department has always been viewed as squeaky clean.

Verily, Jacob's Mouse are squeaky clean.

Within minutes, Tamika, squeaky clean for the first time in days, is proudly pulling the clothing on.

take sb to the cleaner's

the cleaner's

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

How often do you clean the kitchen?

I clean the windows every Saturday.

I always clean my teeth last thing at night.

I need to clean the bathtub.

I usually clean the windows about once a month.

Make sure you clean behind the stove.

Manion cleaned his desk and answered a few emails before leaving for the day.

She's busy cleaning.

Simply place the whole cleaned fish in a greased pan.

There was mud all over the carpet, and it took me a long time to clean it up.

Tony was cleaning the inside of his car.

We've hired a maid to clean our house.

Where's that stuff you use for cleaning the bathtub?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I wish I'd stayed at home to clean the oven after all.

Sloan had been glancing at his watch and reminding them that he had to clean up the house.

The princess: She was very good and cleaned and cooked for her brothers in their cottage even though she was royalty.

III. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

come

The key is this: he who can come clean cheapest should have an incentive to do so.

forget

Not only that, but she had been so upset, she had clean forgotten to plug Galactic Outbursts.

The people, it appeared, had clean forgotten what war meant.

I clean forgot to put them in!

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Mr Clean

come clean

And when you picked hold of the fish and got hold of a piece it would come clean away.

He felt happy to finally be able to come clean about it, but he felt her withdraw.

In addition, you risk being fired when you come clean, another attorney pointed out.

Labour will not come clean with its figures, so it is bound to describe ours as jiggery-pokery.

So when the station came clean, they had to field several angry calls accusing them of pro-Nottingham Forest bias.

Still, I must come clean.

That is all very well, but why does he not come clean and give us Labour's figures?

That night, at dinner, David and I came clean, and told our friends about singing to fish.

give sb/sth a clean bill of health

Maddox was given a clean bill of health by his doctor.

If the ship was given a clean bill of health, Customs Officials went on board.

The influential Bell study gave them largely a clean bill of health as a model for determining disputes concerning entitlement to benefit.

They gave it a clean bill of health.

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

keep your nose clean

He's been sentenced to seven years in prison, but he'll be out in four if he keeps his nose clean.

It's not a great job, but if you keep your nose clean, you should be promoted by the end of the year.

But journalists are supposed to keep their noses clean, or at least tell us when they don't.

But keep his nose clean and take their money, and he could have a marvellous life in Berlin.

lovely and warm/fresh/clean etc

All that changed, as inevitably it had to, but it was lovely and warm and fulfilling while it lasted.

I always keep the heater on upstairs, so it's always lovely and warm.

make a clean breast of it/things

He needs to go before the public and make a clean breast of it.

pick sth clean

show (sb) a clean pair of heels

spanking clean

squeaky clean

a squeaky clean kitchen

He's a squeaky clean kid -- doesn't smoke, drink, or do drugs or anything.

John has a squeaky clean reputation.

The floor is squeaky clean.

Equally, all customers are not squeaky clean, so there's quite often a story to be told from both sides.

How squeaky clean can I get?

It's juice running down chins, fingers instead of forks, plates licked squeaky clean and belts loosened around waists.

Not just as squeaky clean, boring Ewan Famber but as a man.

The beginning of the main strip in Shelbyville is a squeaky clean residential area.

This kind of possibility is a new experience for a city where the police department has always been viewed as squeaky clean.

Verily, Jacob's Mouse are squeaky clean.

Within minutes, Tamika, squeaky clean for the first time in days, is proudly pulling the clothing on.

take sb to the cleaner's

the cleaner's

wipe the slate clean

It would be nice if we could wipe the slate clean and start over.

First among these was the introduction of penances which, it was hoped, would wipe the slate clean.

We must start wiping the slate clean of all such inner accounting.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

I clean forgot to put them in!

IV. noun

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Her husband does most of the cleaning.

I spent the whole weekend cleaning.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.