Definition of housecleaning in English:



North American
  • 1The action or process of cleaning the inside of a house or apartment.

    ‘I take care of the housecleaning, cooking, and laundry’
    • ‘It was a good day for some housecleaning last weekend.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth century, women were primarily responsible for cultivation, food preparation, and housecleaning.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Norwegians perform a thorough housecleaning before Christmas, which actually extends until January 2, the end of the holiday season.’
    • ‘Once, a female friend from church offered to recruit teams of volunteers to provide meals, housecleaning and baby-sitting on a regular basis.’
    • ‘There was no procrastination as with exercise, no excuses as with trying to stop eating sugar, no laziness as with housecleaning and other chores.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Physically, I'm fine. My body is raring to go, ready to face the housecleaning and running around of another Saturday.’
    • ‘Company executives also discovered that the machine appealed to consumers who were serious about housecleaning.’
    • ‘Housecleaning causes the most marital dust-ups as majority of couples admit they row over chores at least once a week’
    • ‘Inform patients that routine household duties, such as bill paying, laundry, and housecleaning, should be taken care of a few days before surgery.’
    • ‘He enjoys housecleaning and keeps cell 2 unblemished: he scrubs the toilet, sink and floor; he dusts and folds laundry.’
    • ‘One thing's for certain about modern-day housecleaning - everybody's got a different definition of clean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another option is to give gifts of time or service such as free babysitting, housecleaning, cooking, etc., to those on your gift list.’
    • ‘I guess for me I've always had to trust the lord for the next job, which is usually housecleaning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am not always on top of my housecleaning, but even on my worst days, my place has never looked so disgusting!’
    • ‘I do housecleaning just to get some of my stuff back, that's all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, my mom was not given the gift of housecleaning.’
    • ‘Male surgeons have no difficulty maintaining much higher degrees of vigilance about contamination in an operating room than would ever be warranted in housecleaning.’
    • ‘In fact, a general housecleaning is long overdue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much of their work is domestic labor - caregiving, house cleaning, child care - an industry that, historically, is not only low-paid but also exploitative.’
    • ‘He still owes me a housecleaning and babysitting from months back and anyone who welches on a promise isn't deserving of accolades.’
    • ‘And all sorts of activities qualify - as long as you keep moving for at least 10 minutes - including yard work, dog walking, and 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.’
    1. 1.1 The removal of unwanted or superfluous elements.
      ‘the new owner's housecleaning cost a lot of people their jobs’
      • ‘Last week's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law was not just 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 combination could bring about a top-to-bottom housecleaning of the industry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Booker became the national poster boy for a general black political housecleaning, one that would sweep away aging officeholders and ‘outdated’ ideas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mayor's dismissal of this sixty-five-year-old bureaucrat marked the end of the housecleaning at City Hall.’
      • ‘But last year, Kenyans elected a new leadership, and a major housecleaning began.’
      • ‘While 16 officers have been terminated since the decree kicked in, there has been no wholesale housecleaning.’
      • ‘The company described the news as a "corporate housecleaning exercise".’
      • ‘It would seem to be a housecleaning, almost even a witch hunt, going on at the CIA.’
      • ‘Part of the new optimism is due to corporate housecleaning.’
      • ‘I sometimes wonder if the housecleaning the Church is undergoing now is precisely to prepare it for this struggle.’
      • ‘It's a question worth pondering given April's executive high jinks, corporate housecleaning and financial restatements.’
      • ‘The house cleaning under the new chief executive could see up to 2,000 jobs go.’
      • ‘Most new bosses do a little housecleaning.’
      • ‘Corporate America, of course, has already done a lot of housecleaning since the late '90s.’
      • ‘I lost half of it, alas - I was doing some desktop housecleaning, dragged it to the trash and deleted it without thinking.’
      • ‘There will be a thorough housecleaning in Minnesota following this season, and it's impossible to imagine Tice not being kicked to the curb.’
      • ‘North America's most infamous precinct had just undergone a housecleaning aimed at rooting out corruption.’
      • ‘But you get the feeling the housecleaning is just beginning.’
      • ‘We need a massive housecleaning in Washington.’
      • ‘For Taiwan, the challenge is to continue the financial housecleaning without spooking investors - and precipitating a banking crisis.’
      • ‘When he became artistic director of the Stuttgart Ballet, the company was not in particularly good shape and his first task was housecleaning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The success enjoyed during the current season can be traced to the general housecleaning initiated before, during, and after the debacle of 1999.’
      • ‘It would be great to do a thorough housecleaning of all such regimes.’