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I'd been cleaned out o' everything I had by a man I trusted, and I was flat broke.

Why, your mother's cleaned out all my pockets a dozen times since.

Oroville boasts that it has never surrendered and that it has never been cleaned out.

The manure should be cleaned out in the morning, at noon, and again at night.

The stomach and bowel are overloaded: they must be cleaned out.

I did manage to sweep and dust, and I cleaned out the pantry.

I think it was a pig-tub, but I had it cleaned out and washed.

We cleaned out a gang of gorillas afore we had this scrimmage in the road.

He went into Benin City with the English when they cleaned out the town.

Unfortunately, our well water has not been sweet since it was cleaned out.

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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