Definition of housecleaning in English:



mass nounNorth American
  • 1The action or process of cleaning the inside of house or flat.

    ‘I take care of the housecleaning, cooking, and laundry’
    • ‘He still owes me a housecleaning and babysitting from months back and anyone who welches on a promise isn't deserving of accolades.’
    • ‘One thing's for certain about modern-day housecleaning - everybody's got a different definition of clean.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Norwegians perform a thorough housecleaning before Christmas, which actually extends until January 2, the end of the holiday season.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth century, women were primarily responsible for cultivation, food preparation, and housecleaning.’
    • ‘Housecleaning causes the most marital dust-ups as majority of couples admit they row over chores at least once a week’
    • ‘Once, a female friend from church offered to recruit teams of volunteers to provide meals, housecleaning and baby-sitting on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Well, my mom was not given the gift of housecleaning.’
    • ‘It was a good day for some housecleaning last weekend.’
    • ‘The low-income occupants may be able to provide services for the senior occupants, such as baby-sitting, housecleaning, pet care, health care, or cooking.’
    • ‘Similar information about Nicaraguan American women in the workplace is not available, though many sources say that Central American women commonly work in textiles and housecleaning.’
    • ‘Much of their work is domestic labor - caregiving, house cleaning, child care - an industry that, historically, is not only low-paid but also exploitative.’
    • ‘But he irritated me so today, and as it gives me an excuse to put off the housecleaning for another half hour, I'll have a go at it.’
    • ‘Company executives also discovered that the machine appealed to consumers who were serious about housecleaning.’
    • ‘He enjoys housecleaning and keeps cell 2 unblemished: he scrubs the toilet, sink and floor; he dusts and folds laundry.’
    • ‘And all sorts of activities qualify - as long as you keep moving for at least 10 minutes - including yard work, dog walking, and housecleaning.’
    • ‘As I scurried through the narrow lanes of the Old City, I was feeling frustrated and dejected at not being able to stay on top of the housecleaning.’
    • ‘I own and run a domestic housecleaning business and without my girls many families wouldn't be able to live the luxurious lifestyles that they do.’
    • ‘People with two homes spend, on average, five times as much as those with one home on, among other things, lawn care, home security, pest control and housecleaning.’
    • ‘Inform patients that routine household duties, such as bill paying, laundry, and housecleaning, should be taken care of a few days before surgery.’
    • ‘In fact, a general housecleaning is long overdue.’
    • ‘Another option is to give gifts of time or service such as free babysitting, housecleaning, cooking, etc., to those on your gift list.’
    • ‘I am not always on top of my housecleaning, but even on my worst days, my place has never looked so disgusting!’
    • ‘Male surgeons have no difficulty maintaining much higher degrees of vigilance about contamination in an operating room than would ever be warranted in housecleaning.’
    • ‘I do housecleaning just to get some of my stuff back, that's all.’
    • ‘In the event, Gabriel got work with a road crew, digging up the streets of north London for cable companies; Andrea, again unable to persuade a bank to give her an interview, took up house- cleaning.’
    • ‘I guess for me I've always had to trust the lord for the next job, which is usually housecleaning.’
    • ‘There was no procrastination as with exercise, no excuses as with trying to stop eating sugar, no laziness as with housecleaning and other chores.’
    • ‘Physically, I'm fine. My body is raring to go, ready to face the housecleaning and running around of another Saturday.’
    1. 1.1 The process of removing unwanted or superfluous elements.
      ‘the new owner's housecleaning cost a lot of people their jobs’
      • ‘There will be a thorough housecleaning in Minnesota following this season, and it's impossible to imagine Tice not being kicked to the curb.’
      • ‘The mayor's dismissal of this sixty-five-year-old bureaucrat marked the end of the housecleaning at City Hall.’
      • ‘Part of the new optimism is due to corporate housecleaning.’
      • ‘But you get the feeling the housecleaning is just beginning.’
      • ‘For Taiwan, the challenge is to continue the financial housecleaning without spooking investors - and precipitating a banking crisis.’
      • ‘Last week's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law was not just housecleaning.’
      • ‘It would seem to be a housecleaning, almost even a witch hunt, going on at the CIA.’
      • ‘The company described the news as a "corporate housecleaning exercise".’
      • ‘Corporate America, of course, has already done a lot of housecleaning since the late '90s.’
      • ‘It would be great to do a thorough housecleaning of all such regimes.’
      • ‘The house cleaning under the new chief executive could see up to 2,000 jobs go.’
      • ‘All told, the housecleaning represents one of the biggest management upheavals ever.’
      • ‘The government was reluctant to push through the sort of housecleaning that the United States went through in its recent crisis.’
      • ‘But last year, Kenyans elected a new leadership, and a major housecleaning began.’
      • ‘Most new bosses do a little housecleaning.’
      • ‘So when I got here, it wasn't so much a matter of housecleaning as it was taking what was there, organizing it right, filling some empty chairs.’
      • ‘When he became artistic director of the Stuttgart Ballet, the company was not in particularly good shape and his first task was housecleaning.’
      • ‘Never mind the Congressional gimmick of reorganizing the INS, surely we are long past due for a housecleaning of our immigration bureaucracy, starting at the top.’
      • ‘The success enjoyed during the current season can be traced to the general housecleaning initiated before, during, and after the debacle of 1999.’
      • ‘I sometimes wonder if the housecleaning the Church is undergoing now is precisely to prepare it for this struggle.’
      • ‘I lost half of it, alas - I was doing some desktop housecleaning, dragged it to the trash and deleted it without thinking.’
      • ‘The combination could bring about a top-to-bottom housecleaning of the industry.’
      • ‘Booker became the national poster boy for a general black political housecleaning, one that would sweep away aging officeholders and ‘outdated’ ideas.’
      • ‘I've always tried to view the ninth month as a fresh start, a time for a few resolutions, a time for some housecleaning, both mental and physical.’
      • ‘While 16 officers have been terminated since the decree kicked in, there has been no wholesale housecleaning.’
      • ‘North America's most infamous precinct had just undergone a housecleaning aimed at rooting out corruption.’
      • ‘We need a massive housecleaning in Washington.’
      • ‘It's a question worth pondering given April's executive high jinks, corporate housecleaning and financial restatements.’