- A systematic cleaning of a residence at the end of winter
1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, London: Methuen, page 1:
- The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of white-wash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms.
- (by extension) A systematic cleaning, reorganization, or weeding out of a system
- spring clean (noun)
- spring clean (verb)
systematic cleaning at the end of winter
systematic cleaning of anything