Definition of clean-out in English:



  • 1An instance of thoroughly cleaning the inside of something.

    ‘the entire sewer is having a clean-out’
    • ‘I tested the phone behind the Captain's chair and noticed the box was in a bit of a state, so I gave it a really good clean-out and polish.’
    • ‘I would give it a clean-out and reapply the thermal paste.’
    • ‘Jo says she is in favour of 'giving your body a good clean-out once a year'.’
    • ‘Afterwards, these toxins will continue to slowly re-accumulate as they have all your life, so you'll probably need a whole-body clean-out to prevent further aging, maybe once a year.’
    • ‘Give that chipper a good clean-out.’
    • ‘The crocodile and flamingo pools could still do with a clean-out.’
    • ‘Wait long enough and you will see the wrasse enter their mouths or gills to give the insides a good clean-out as well.’
    • ‘I decided that as I didn't have the money to fill the freezer, I should take the opportunity to defrost it and give it a really good clean-out.’
    • ‘The cure is designed to give your digestive tract and all the rest of you a well-deserved rest and thorough clean-out.’
    • ‘After giving it a clean-out and a blast with compressed air, the performance was back to normal and the disk errors a thing of the past.’
    1. 1.1An instance of removing and disposing of unwanted items or material.
      ‘I had a wardrobe clean-out, and I gave away two full bags of clothes’
      figurative ‘the leadership of this company needs a clean-out’
      • ‘Corruption and top-heavy bureaucracy have deterred many foreign investors, and there is scant prospect of a clean-out while the government remains seemingly opposed to reform of the legal system.’
      • ‘Westminster needs a clean-out, including real electoral reform, to restore public faith in politicians.’
      • ‘The leadership of this company needs a clean-out, and badly.’
      • ‘Harry and I had a clean-out one day and we found Chinese clothes that had never been unpacked.’
      • ‘I will be bringing in my laptop for a clean-out.’
      • ‘It checks my inbox every 10 minutes and does a clean-out.’
      • ‘By chance, I was having a clean-out the other day and stumbled upon an old note book from 1970.’
      • ‘People are asked to be generous in donating what can be spared but, no doubt, the people in charge do not want this occasion to be used as an opportunity to have a clean-out of articles well past their use-by date!’
      • ‘I'd love to have people like yourself beside me in a clean-out of taxpayer funded positions.’
      • ‘Moving house is often the time for a garage sale, a clean-out.’
      • ‘Every 6 months I have a clean-out when I switch to summer/winter clothes.’
      • ‘A few months ago we were willing to believe that a clean-out of personnel at the top of the shop was all that was required to introduce badly-needed change.’
      • ‘I have acquired two vintage pair of jeans from 1967 through a clean-out of a house of recently deceased in-laws’
      • ‘The financial sector, in general, really needs a clean-out.’
      • ‘Most customers do a clean-out only once every year or two, and they pay according to the volume of the documents being destroyed.’
      • ‘Unilever sold it in 2000 as part of a clean-out of brands which had been pushed to the back of its marketing cupboard.’
      • ‘Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a clean-out’
      • ‘Should these arguments alone have prompted ministers to use one of the few sanctions available to them—a clean-out of the board, as obliquely suggested by the Treasury?’
      • ‘What is needed is a clean-out of those executives and bureaucrats.’
      • ‘Kimberly's pantry needed a clean-out and some order.’