One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Restore order or morality to.‘the police chief was given the job of cleaning up a notorious district’
- ‘But by the 1990s, its image had been cleaned up as the Victorian buildings were restored and the old warehouse of the Merchant City transformed.’
- ‘The perverse effect, you have to conclude, is that these well-meaning efforts will only encourage the bookies: if people truly believe the game has been cleaned up there will be still more money to be made.’
- ‘Conversations were cleaned up and no one eye-balled the waitresses.’
- ‘By 1913 the tango had become a worldwide phenomenon, but had undergone further adaptation in order to clean it up.’
- ‘And the rank and file essentially went to the union and said, look, we've got to clean our act up, and we want to play on a straight playing field.’
- ‘In recent years, however, these roles have been reversed as crime rates in America have dropped lower and lower, and American cities have been cleaned up and made safer.’
- ‘The owner of garages plagued by arson attacks and used as a drinking den has been ordered to clean them up or pull them down.’
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