an act or instance of making clean: Give the house a good cleaning.
Slang. an overwhelming or complete defeat, financial loss, or failure: Our team took a cleaning in yesterday's game.
Informal. killing(def 3).

Origin of cleaning

First recorded in 1655–75; clean + -ing1
Related formsself-clean·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of an oven, filter, etc) having a mechanism to clean itself
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