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1Make a substantial gain or profit.‘Francis put three quid on a horse, figuring it was about time he cleaned up’
- ‘A competent Democrat could clean up with a message to restore government for the people rather than for special interests.’
- ‘He travels the circuit, pretending to be an ordinary joe, and then cleans up on bets and prizes because he has a great rock-and-roll voice.’
- ‘Disinfectant companies have been cleaning up since the foot-and-mouth outbreak.’
- 1.1 Win all the prizes available in a sporting competition.‘the Germans cleaned up at Wimbledon’
come first, finish first, be the winner, be victorious, be the victor, carry the day, win the day, carry all before one, defeat the opposition, overcome the opposition, take the crown, take the honours, gain the palm, come out ahead, come out on top, succeed, triumph, prevail, achieve masteryView synonyms
- ‘In addition to their 3rd place trophies, this team cleaned up on the technical prizes winning three Near Pins and a Long Drive.’
- ‘Geraldton cleaned up at the recent WA Tidy Towns Competitions, taking out five awards.’
- ‘City Arms added to their division one championship win by cleaning up all the competition trophies on offer.’
- ‘He cleaned up in the rifle competition by winning five of the six rifle matches in the champion shot competition.’
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