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what about the form "cleansure" as in the act of having cleansed, to clean out? 06:14, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Clean sweep[edit]

How about many idioms, like clean sweep? The etymology of a phrase is usually different from the etymologies of the component words. David Spector 19:01, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

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Rfd-redundant: "In a condition of having been cleaned." Redundant to #1 'Not dirty', not our best ever definition may I say. FWIW even if someone has cleaned something, it can still be dirty, so the definition might not actually stand up to analysis anyway. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:17, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

It's in a condition of being redundant, as you say. Haplology 17:28, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
Move to RfV. Perhaps it is used this way. I don't see how this is can be resolvable a priori. DCDuring TALK 17:50, 29 October 2011 (UTC)
What would such an rfv hope to achieve? If this definition is correct, it says something can be clean if it has been cleaned in the past, irrespective if it is clean (not dirty) now. Do we want to attempt to cite this? Mglovesfun (talk) 09:48, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
No, because the word we would be attempting to define there would be "cleaned", not "clean". Dbfirs 23:52, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Can you explain please? Mglovesfun (talk) 13:57, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Well the disputed definition is that of "cleaned". I was intending to agree that there is little point in trying to find cites. I agree that "clean" in "quotes" might occasionally be used as a joke instead of "cleaned", but that doesn't indicate that the word clean means cleaned. Dbfirs 12:08, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Delete sense. --Hekaheka 16:38, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

deleted -- Liliana 07:20, 10 November 2011 (UTC)


No more needs to be added, except that the meaning of CLEAN is likely to have been influenced by the Celtic GLAN-[6], (clean) ultimately from the same Proto-Indo-European root.

[0] means 'Absolutely not; [1] means 'Exceedingly unlikely'; [2] means 'Very dubious'; [3] means 'Questionable'; [4] means 'Possible'; [5] means 'Probable'; [6] means 'Likely'; [7] means 'Most Likely' or *Unattested; [8] means 'Attested'; [9] means 'Obvious' - only used for close matches within the same language or dialect, at linkable periods.

Andrew H. Gray 11:13, 19 September 2015 (UTC) Andrew (talk)

Figurative Definition[edit]

What about the figurative definition as in "he cleaned his plate" meaning "he ate everything on his plate." Have I just conflated/confused two expressions? JodianWarrior (talk) 18:40, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

JodianWarrior: I would put that on [[clean one's plate]]. Though if you can point to other such figurative uses, you might have a case. Keφr 18:58, 22 June 2015 (UTC)