spring-cleaning

[ spring-klee-ning ]
/ ˈsprɪŋˈkli nɪŋ /

noun

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.

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Origin of spring-cleaning

First recorded in 1855–60

Definition for spring-cleaning (2 of 2)

spring-clean
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for spring-cleaning

spring-clean

verb

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

noun

an instance of spring-cleaning

Derived forms of spring-clean

spring-cleaning, noun
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