- the act or process of cleaning up.
- Slang. a very large profit: The company made a real cleanup on their new invention.
- the fourth position in the batting order: Our best home-run hitter is batting cleanup.
- the player who bats in this position.
Origin of cleanup
1865–70, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase clean up
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsalibi, ploy, ruse, excuse, guise, pretense, product, goods, saving, surplus, revenue, turnout, receipt, yield, value, return, benefit, production, percentage, earnings
Examples from the Web for cleanup
The cleanup has cost $1 billion so far, and continues today.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
Unlike game day, there are no accidents or “puppy fouls” on the field today and cleanup time is minimal.‘The Puppy Bowl’: The Super Bowl’s Fiercest Rival
February 2, 2014
Lottie finally came to the door, and McCauley saw the cleanup in progress.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
Thus far, BP has paid $14 billion in cleanup costs and $11 billion in claims.Three Years After Gulf Oil Spill, Money Continues to Flow to Region
July 29, 2013
We pollute, but our feeble efforts at cleanup have been largely unsuccessful.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
June 20, 2013
Mrs. Cloam will take care of you, and find all that is needful for a warrior's cleanup.Springhaven
R. D. Blackmore
You were responsible for the food, how to ration it as well as preparation and cleanup.The Biography of a Rabbit
We'll go to fifty thousand dollars or so on a cleanup job, and you use that.Prologue to an Analogue
A forty thousand cleanup, Jack, just for a bit of judicious nerve!An Oregon Girl
Alfred Ernest Rice
We could have made a cleanup and gone into Central with a record that would make their eyes pop out.You Too Can Be A Millionaire
Noel Miller Loomis