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  1. a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year.
  2. 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


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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Examples from the Web for spring-cleaning

Historical Examples

  • The woman who lived in the corner house was spring-cleaning.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • 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

    Barry Pain

  • 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!

    Mark Ambient

British Dictionary definitions for spring-cleaning


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