Definition of clean-out in US English:

clean-out

noun

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

    ‘the entire sewer is having a 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.’
    • ‘Jo says she is in favour of 'giving your body a good clean-out once a year'.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crocodile and flamingo pools could still do with a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I would give it a clean-out and reapply the thermal paste.’
    • ‘The cure is designed to give your digestive tract and all the rest of you a well-deserved rest and thorough 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.’
    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’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The financial sector, in general, really needs a clean-out.’
      • ‘The leadership of this company needs a clean-out, and badly.’
      • ‘I have acquired two vintage pair of jeans from 1967 through a clean-out of a house of recently deceased in-laws’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Westminster needs a clean-out, including real electoral reform, to restore public faith in politicians.’
      • ‘It checks my inbox every 10 minutes and does a clean-out.’
      • ‘Harry and I had a clean-out one day and we found Chinese clothes that had never been unpacked.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moving house is often the time for a garage sale, a clean-out.’
      • ‘By chance, I was having a clean-out the other day and stumbled upon an old note book from 1970.’
      • ‘I'd love to have people like yourself beside me in a clean-out of taxpayer funded positions.’
      • ‘Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a clean-out’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every 6 months I have a clean-out when I switch to summer/winter clothes.’
      • ‘Kimberly's pantry needed a clean-out and some order.’
      • ‘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 will be bringing in my laptop for a clean-out.’
      • ‘Unilever sold it in 2000 as part of a clean-out of brands which had been pushed to the back of its marketing cupboard.’

Pronunciation

clean-out

/ˈklinaʊt//ˈklēnout/