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  • v. To clean, especially to tidy by removing the contents.
  • v. To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. force out
  • v. deprive completely of money or goods
  • v. empty completely


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  • After a Friday morning spent sipping eighty ounces of a medicinal concoction called Go Lightly, which is designed to clean out your system prior to certain procedures and which does so with a vengeance, I went to Bethesda on Friday afternoon expecting to leave the following day—but my plans had to be changed.

    An American Life

  • Whoever had decreed that disposal of Peter Clemence had put it clean out of consideration that his death could be the work of common footpads and thieves.

    The Devil's Novice

  • Tuesday I went to work to clean out our room the floor of which was covered with Mr. Bry's library and papers, also divers broken chairs and desks, selfsealing cans, bottles, demijohns, and a great many seeds.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • The women, burning with anger and shame, knock their wits together for revenge; and the answer which they, in their shrewdly-concerted plan, return to his advances is to him a pledge of entire success: he is so transported, that he leaps clean out of his senses forthwith, and the giddiness of his newly-fired conceit fairly puts out the eyes of his understanding.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • Doing it on the kitchen floor was great when you first met, but when you are trying to make toast, resynch your BlackBerry, and clean out the week-old cat litter box, its just not going to happen.

    What Men Say, What Women Hear

  • Till half-past six there were no orders, and we used this time to polish silver, clean out the coffee-urns, and do other odd jobs.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • The same year Jim Henry died he told me to clean out the swamp where the black stump was so it could be making grass while I slept.

    My life and travels,

  • Joanna told him about the lipolytic enzyme used to clean out arteries and how it appeared to induce cancer in three patients.

    Fatal Care

  • Amma had gotten Seema to let them clean out the adjacent room to make room for Abbu, and Isha and Mateen made a game every night of choosing which room to sleep in.

    Beneath My Mother’s Feet

  • It took hours just to clean out one regular-size closet in her room, packed as it was floor to ceiling with mail, boxes and bags, decades of old bills, and souvenirs dating back to grade school years.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters


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