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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEAN

I declare to you, miss, I'm clean worn out with havin' patience!

And the angels waiting for them on the bank like laundresses with their clean shirts!

If fish is to be cooked by steaming, first clean it thoroughly.

Clean and cook the beets in the manner explained in Art. 73.

Clean the mushrooms that are to be broiled and remove the stems.

To prepare it in this way, secure a perch and scale and clean it.

It is as if Antony were forgotten, clean wiped from her mind.

Behind him, in a darkened room, a barkeeper was wiping the bar with a clean cloth.

It is a very ancient place, but so far modernized as to be clean and pleasant.

Oh, but you should see it, so clean and bright; the laboratory's simply beautiful!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English clæne "free from dirt or filth; pure, chaste, innocent; open, in the open," of beasts, "ritually safe to eat," from West Germanic *klainoz "clear, pure" (cf. Old Saxon kleni "dainty, delicate," Old Frisian klene "small," Old High German kleini "delicate, fine, small," German klein "small;" English preserves the original Germanic sense), from PIE root *gel- "bright, gleaming" (cf. Greek glene "eyeball," Old Irish gel "bright").

"Largely replaced by clear, pure in the higher senses" [Weekley], but as a verb (mid-15c.) it has largely usurped what once belonged to cleanse. Meaning "whole, entire" is from c.1300 (clean sweep in the figurative sense is from 1821). Sense of "innocent" is from c.1300; that of "not lewd" is from 1867; that of "not carrying anything forbidden" is from 1938; that of "free of drug addiction" is from 1950s. To come clean "confess" is from 1919, American English.

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