Origin of housecleaning
- to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning.
- to engage in housecleaning.
Origin of houseclean
First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from housecleaning
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Examples from the Web for house-cleaning
All were bare and disorderly, because, as the woman explained, house-cleaning was in progress.Days Off
Henry Van Dyke
Preserving-time was a prolonged festival, and house-cleaning was like a revolution.My Antonia
Retty was full of work and house-cleaning, and her lover had come on.A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
It is only the excess of this form of nature's house-cleaning which needs to be checked.Preventable Diseases
House-cleaning is one thing that I never saw in practice or evidence.An Ohio Woman in the Philippines
Emily Bronson Conger