One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man, especially a public figure, who has an impeccable image, record, or reputation. Sometimes used with Miss, Mrs., or Ms. when referring to a woman.‘he comes up Mr. Clean on the sheets—not even a parking ticket’
- ‘After Mr. Clean tried to kill a guard with a pistol someone had slipped into his cell, his nickname became ‘Trigger.’’
- ‘He's Mr. Clean, a driver who would rather finish second than make an enemy by driving dirty.’
- ‘Mark's appointment was seen as clearly signalling a battle against corruption: ‘He had the reputation of a Mr. Clean.’’
- ‘No candidate is Mr. Clean in everyone's eyes.’
From the trademark Mr. Clean, a brand of household cleaner.
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