bottom the house
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- (idiomatic, dated) To clean a house from top to bottom; to clean a house extremely thoroughly
1957, Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy, ISBN 9780765804211:
- The half-length lace curtains keep out most of what little sun there is, but they establish your privacy: the window-ledges and doorsteps scrubbed and yellowed with scouring-stone further establish that you are a 'decent' family, that you believe in 'bottoming' the house each week.
1978, Colin Gordon, A richer dust: echoes from an Edwardian album:
- She had 'bottomed' the house (ie spring-cleaned) and cooked specially for me.
to clean a house extremely thoroughly