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  1. an act or instance of making clean: Give the house a good cleaning.

  2. Slang. an overwhelming or complete defeat, financial loss, or failure: Our team took a cleaning in yesterday's game.

  1. Informal. killing (def. 3).

Origin of cleaning

First recorded in 1655–75; clean + -ing1

Other words from cleaning

  • self-cleaning, adjective

Words Nearby cleaning Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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