Definition of clean-out in US English:



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

    ‘the entire sewer is having a clean-out’
    • ‘Jo says she is in favour of 'giving your body a good clean-out once a year'.’
    • ‘The cure is designed to give your digestive tract and all the rest of you a well-deserved rest and thorough clean-out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wait long enough and you will see the wrasse enter their mouths or gills to give the insides a good clean-out as well.’
    • ‘The crocodile and flamingo pools could still do with a clean-out.’
    • ‘I would give it a clean-out and reapply the thermal paste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Give that chipper a good clean-out.’
    1. 1.1 An 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’
      • ‘I will be bringing in my laptop for 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.’
      • ‘What is needed is a clean-out of those executives and bureaucrats.’
      • ‘Most customers do a clean-out only once every year or two, and they pay according to the volume of the documents being destroyed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘By chance, I was having a clean-out the other day and stumbled upon an old note book from 1970.’
      • ‘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 have acquired two vintage pair of jeans from 1967 through a clean-out of a house of recently deceased in-laws’
      • ‘Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a clean-out’
      • ‘I'd love to have people like yourself beside me in a clean-out of taxpayer funded positions.’
      • ‘The financial sector, in general, really needs a clean-out.’
      • ‘Moving house is often the time for a garage sale, a clean-out.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Unilever sold it in 2000 as part of a clean-out of brands which had been pushed to the back of its marketing cupboard.’
      • ‘It checks my inbox every 10 minutes and does a clean-out.’
      • ‘Kimberly's pantry needed a clean-out and some order.’