clean up

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clean up (third-person singular simple present cleans up, present participle cleaning up, simple past and past participle cleaned up)

  1. (transitive) To make an area or a thing clean; to pick up a mess; to tidy.
    Clean up your room.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To become clean, handsome, smart in appearance, e.g. for a special occasion, especially when it is out of character to be seen as such.
    He sure cleans up nice.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To make a large profit; to win by a large margin, or to win a large amount, especially in gambling. Also clean house.
    Man, he sure cleaned up last night at the blackjack table.   The investors cleaned up when the stock hit the roof last year.


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clean up (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of cleanup