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spring-clean

[spring-kleen]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject (a place) to a spring-cleaning.
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Origin of spring-clean

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • One sweep of that great tongue was warranted to spring-clean a cub down all one side from throat to tail.

    Dusty Star

    Olaf Baker


British Dictionary definitions for spring-clean

spring-clean

verb
  1. to clean (a house) thoroughly: traditionally at the end of the winter
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noun
  1. an instance of spring-cleaning
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Derived Formsspring-cleaning, noun
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