Definition of housecleaning in English:

housecleaning

noun

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

    ‘I take care of the housecleaning, cooking, and laundry’
    • ‘Inform patients that routine household duties, such as bill paying, laundry, and housecleaning, should be taken care of a few days before surgery.’
    • ‘Another option is to give gifts of time or service such as free babysitting, housecleaning, cooking, etc., to those on your gift list.’
    • ‘He still owes me a housecleaning and babysitting from months back and anyone who welches on a promise isn't deserving of accolades.’
    • ‘In fact, a general housecleaning is long overdue.’
    • ‘I do housecleaning just to get some of my stuff back, that's all.’
    • ‘Male surgeons have no difficulty maintaining much higher degrees of vigilance about contamination in an operating room than would ever be warranted in housecleaning.’
    • ‘I guess for me I've always had to trust the lord for the next job, which is usually housecleaning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was no procrastination as with exercise, no excuses as with trying to stop eating sugar, no laziness as with housecleaning and other chores.’
    • ‘It was a good day for some housecleaning last weekend.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the Norwegians perform a thorough housecleaning before Christmas, which actually extends until January 2, the end of the holiday season.’
    • ‘One thing's for certain about modern-day housecleaning - everybody's got a different definition of clean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, my mom was not given the gift of housecleaning.’
    • ‘Physically, I'm fine. My body is raring to go, ready to face the housecleaning and running around of another Saturday.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth century, women were primarily responsible for cultivation, food preparation, and housecleaning.’
    • ‘He enjoys housecleaning and keeps cell 2 unblemished: he scrubs the toilet, sink and floor; he dusts and folds laundry.’
    • ‘Once, a female friend from church offered to recruit teams of volunteers to provide meals, housecleaning and baby-sitting on a regular basis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The removal of unwanted or superfluous elements.
      ‘the new owner's housecleaning cost a lot of people their jobs’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a question worth pondering given April's executive high jinks, corporate housecleaning and financial restatements.’
      • ‘The success enjoyed during the current season can be traced to the general housecleaning initiated before, during, and after the debacle of 1999.’
      • ‘Corporate America, of course, has already done a lot of housecleaning since the late '90s.’
      • ‘I sometimes wonder if the housecleaning the Church is undergoing now is precisely to prepare it for this struggle.’
      • ‘But last year, Kenyans elected a new leadership, and a major housecleaning began.’
      • ‘Last week's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law was not just housecleaning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Booker became the national poster boy for a general black political housecleaning, one that would sweep away aging officeholders and ‘outdated’ ideas.’
      • ‘It would seem to be a housecleaning, almost even a witch hunt, going on at the CIA.’
      • ‘It would be great to do a thorough housecleaning of all such regimes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But you get the feeling the housecleaning is just beginning.’
      • ‘Most new bosses do a little housecleaning.’
      • ‘The government was reluctant to push through the sort of housecleaning that the United States went through in its recent crisis.’
      • ‘We need a massive housecleaning in Washington.’
      • ‘While 16 officers have been terminated since the decree kicked in, there has been no wholesale housecleaning.’
      • ‘For Taiwan, the challenge is to continue the financial housecleaning without spooking investors - and precipitating a banking crisis.’

Pronunciation:

housecleaning

/ˈhousˌklēniNG/