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cleaning

[ klee-ning ]
/ ˈkli nɪŋ /
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noun

an act or instance of making clean: Give the house a good cleaning.
Slang. an overwhelming or complete defeat, financial loss, or failure: Our team took a cleaning in yesterday's game.
Informal. killing (def. 3).

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QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Origin of cleaning

First recorded in 1655–75; clean + -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM cleaning

self-cleaning, adjective
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