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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEAN OUT

Why, she used to clean out a man's pockets as soon as look at him.

Walter didn't 'clean out' the safe, and of course he didn't touch the silver.

Curse me, Colonel Sullivan, it's clean out of patience you put me!

That I won't, I promise you; put that clean out of your head to begin with.

And the boys will like as not just run you clean out of the country.

All we had to do was rebuild the intake dam and clean out the ditch.

I thank my stars I am clean out of that one-horse town Albany!

They use their hands instead of shovels, and clean out the oven with their breasts.

As clean out of his mind as the cleverest Christian could go.

It will smart and foam, but will clean out and kill most of the germs that are there.

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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