- a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year.
- the activity of giving a place a complete cleaning: We've been involved in spring-cleaning and are exhausted.
Origin of spring-cleaning
First recorded in 1855–60
- 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-cleaning
The woman who lived in the corner house was spring-cleaning.Olive in Italy
This is the first intimation we have received that Spring-cleaning is over.
The whole office is more or less disorganized by the spring-cleaning.If Winter Don't
He added a little sternly, 'Have you forgotten that this is spring-cleaning time?'Peter and Wendy
James Matthew Barrie
Yes, we'll paint London red for you—it's the season for spring-cleaning.Oh! Susannah!
- to clean (a house) thoroughly: traditionally at the end of the winter
- an instance of spring-cleaning