- innocent of any crime.
- not having a criminal record.
- carrying or containing no evidence of unlawful activity or intent, as controlled substances, unlicensed weapons, or contraband: The agents searched the car for drugs, but it was clean.
- not using narcotics.
- to empty in order to straighten or clean.
- to use up; exhaust: He had cleaned out his savings.
- Informal. to drive out by force.
- to empty or rid (a place) of occupants, contents, etc.: Eager customers cleaned out the store on the first day of the sale. The thief cleaned out the safe.
- Slang. to cause to lose all or almost all one's money or possessions.
- to wash or tidy up.
- to rid of undesirable persons or features: They cleaned up the local bars.
- to put an end to; finish: to clean up yesterday's chores.
- Informal. to make a large profit: They cleaned up in the stock market.
OTHER WORDS FOR clean
Idioms about clean
- (of a sail or sails) filled with wind; rap full.
- (of a sailing vessel) with all sails full of wind; rap full.
Origin of clean
synonym study for clean
OTHER WORDS FROM clean
How to use clean in a sentence
While you can find lighter filters out there—this one is almost 12 ounces—the extra weight is worth it when you need to clean a lot of water.The High-Capacity Water Filter You Need for Base Camp|Joe Jackson|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
That’s unacceptable to have that many and we’ve got to clean that up.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Paul and Booker should be a clean fit, functioning similarly to Paul’s pairing with James Harden on the Houston Rockets.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Better still for the planet would be green hydrogen, which is cleaner at its source.
The 57-by-80-inch throw can be dry-cleaned or machine-washed on a wool setting.Shopping with the pros: The Madcap Cottage team chooses favorites from Terrain|Mari-Jane Williams|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Most of them just think that lake cleaned itself somehow over the years.Democrats Are Petrified of Defending Government—but They Need to Start|Michael Tomasky|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once the bird was fully cleaned out, it was time to put it on the scales.
For the next hour, she verbally humiliated him while he licked her boots and feet until they were completely cleaned.
Between runs, transport trucks not only must be cleaned, they now have to be sanitized.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon|Carrie Arnold|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once cleaned and sealed in two body bags, the corpse will be driven to a fresh row of graves.
They have recovered their exhaustion; have cleaned up, and look full of themselves, twice the size in fact.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The tube may become clogged with pieces of food, in which case it must be withdrawn, cleaned, and reintroduced.
Petri dish or cleaned photographic plates for sputum examination.
Hairoil turned some shoats into a rock patch he owned and cleaned out the rattlesnakes.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
The boy washed bottles, pasted labels, and cleaned instruments for one whole morning.The Box-Car Children|Gertrude Chandler Warner
British Dictionary definitions for clean
- (of a nuclear weapon) producing little or no radioactive fallout or contamination
- uncontaminatedCompare dirty (def. 11)
- innocent; not guilty
- not carrying illegal drugs, weapons, etc
- having its bottom clean
- having a satisfactory bill of health
- (of persons) free from ceremonial defilement
- (of animals, birds, and fish) lawful to eat
Derived forms of cleancleanable, adjectivecleanness, noun
Word Origin for clean
Other Idioms and Phrases with clean
In addition to the idioms beginning with clean
- clean as a whistle
- clean bill of health
- clean breast
- clean hands, have
- clean house
- cleanliness is next to godliness
- clean out
- clean slate
- clean someone's clock
- clean sweep
- clean up
- come clean
- have a clear (clean) conscience
- keep one's nose clean
- make a clean breast of
- make a clean sweep
- new broom sweeps clean
- take to the cleaners
- wipe the slate clean