[ spring-kleen ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˈklin /

verb (used with object)

to subject (a place) to a spring-cleaning.

Origin of spring-clean

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for spring-clean

  • 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



to clean (a house) thoroughly: traditionally at the end of the winter


an instance of spring-cleaning

Derived forms of spring-clean

spring-cleaning, noun
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