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cleaning

[ klee-ning ]
/ ˈkli nɪŋ /
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Definition of cleaning

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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Origin of cleaning

First recorded in 1655–75; clean + -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM cleaning

self-cleaning, adjective
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