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cleanout

[ kleen-out ]
/ ˈklinˌaʊt /
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noun

an act of cleaning out.
an opening or passage giving access to a place that requires occasional cleaning, as a soil pipe.

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Origin of cleanout

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase clean out
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British Dictionary definitions for cleanout

clean out

verb (tr, adverb)

(foll by of or from) to remove (something) (from or away from)
slang to leave (someone) with no moneygambling had cleaned him out
informal to exhaust (stocks, goods, etc) completely
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Idioms and Phrases with cleanout

clean out

1

See clean up, def. 1.

2

Empty something of its contents, leave bare. For example, The crows cleaned out the whole field of corn, or At the shop's first sale the customers cleaned out the entire stock of shoes. [Mid-1800s]

3

Deprive of money or other material resources. This usage originated in gambling, where it signified losing one's last stake. Charles Dickens had it in Oliver Twist (1838): “He has cleaned me out, but I can go and earn some more.” [Early 1800s]

4

Drive out by force, as in The new CEO tried to get away with cleaning out all employees over the age of 60. [Mid-1800s]

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