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See also: cleanout
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- (transitive) To clean, especially to tidy by removing the contents.
- Clean out your purse and at least get rid of all the trash you're hauling around.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To empty completely; to remove all money or possessions from. (newer, humorous version is take to the cleaner's)
- The divorce cleaned him out.
- 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:
- "Well, looks like you just about cleaned everbody out, fella. You haven't lost a hand since you lost the deal."
- (transitive, dated, slang) To hit or strike (someone); to beat (someone) up.
- 2000, Antonia Logue, Shadow-Box:
- could have cleaned him out with an uppercut to the side of his head.