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[hous-klee-ning] /ˈhaʊsˌkli nɪŋ/
the act of cleaning a house, room, etc., and its furnishings, especially the act of cleaning thoroughly and completely.
the act of improving or reforming by weeding out excess or corrupt personnel or of revising methods of operation.
Origin of housecleaning
First recorded in 1860-65; house + cleaning


[hous-kleen] /ˈhaʊsˌklin/
verb (used with object)
to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning.
verb (used without object)
to engage in housecleaning.
First recorded in 1860-65; back formation from housecleaning
Related forms
housecleaner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The men agreed that housecleaning was all right—after it was over.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • There are a few words on this last point in the chapter on housecleaning.

  • No frogs, toads or eels were allowed near, but in the work of daily housecleaning, the storks and the mermaids were great friends.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • Why could not they be told plainly that there are no housecleaning days in the tenderloin?

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • "housecleaning is very different nowadays from what it used to be," she began.

  • Rested and refreshed, they all returned promptly to their housecleaning.

    Dandelion Cottage Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The work went merrily forward during the next two days, although the season was hardly propitious for housecleaning.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • Following our own housecleaning, the Eskimos had one on June 12.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • I notice whenever any of our family goes away and gets ready to come back, it is a signal for a mad bout of housecleaning.

    The Girl Scout's Triumph Katherine Keene Galt

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