[ drahy-kleen ]
/ ˈdraɪˈklin /
verb (used with object)
to clean (garments, draperies, rugs, etc.) with a liquid other than water, as benzine or gasoline.
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Origin of dry-clean
First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from dry cleaning
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British Dictionary definitions for dry-clean
(tr) to clean (clothing, fabrics, etc) with a solvent other than water, such as trichloroethylene
Derived Formsdry-cleaner, noundry-cleaning, noun
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