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housecleaning

[ hous-klee-ning ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌkli nɪŋ /
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noun

the act of cleaning a house, room, etc., and its furnishings, especially the act of cleaning thoroughly and completely.
the act of improving or reforming by weeding out excess or corrupt personnel or of revising methods of operation.

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Origin of housecleaning

First recorded in 1860–65; house + cleaning
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