white glove test

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Etymology[edit]

From the 1950s American image of putting on a white glove and running a finger along a spot to see how much dirt and dust is accumulated as a way of measuring how well the area has been kept clean.

Noun[edit]

white glove test ‎(plural white glove tests)

  1. An examination of cleanliness, hygiene or other cleaning-related standards.
    Looking at the imprint his hand had left on the visible layer of dust, he realized his home would certainly not pass his mother's white glove test.

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