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[kleen-liv-ing] /ˈklinˈlɪv ɪŋ/
conducting one's life so as to be beyond moral reproach.
Origin of clean-living
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And he was a clean-living sort, nothing dishonorable or hateful about him.

    Stalemate Basil Eugene Wells
  • How could even their enemies have painted these simple-minded, clean-living peasant soldiers, as fierce, fighting-loving savages?

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere

    Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • He was a very strong, clean-living young man and I really thought he had a chance.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • Mazzini soon became a leader among the clean-living, affectionate, impetuous undergraduates.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • Both were dressed in white flannels and had the unmistakable look of clean-living athletes.

  • His record is an unbroken record of honourable conduct; his life has been that of a clean-living, straightforward gentleman.

    The Red Thumb Mark R. Austin Freeman
  • In appearance he resembled many another clean-cut, clean-living American gentleman.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Unlike his clean-living forefathers, he was famous as a debauchee in a dissolute age.

Word Origin and History for clean-living

1920, from clean (adv.) + live (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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