- an electrical appliance for cleaning carpets, floors, etc., by suction.
Origin of vacuum cleaner
First recorded in 1900–05
Also called vacuum sweeper.
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Examples from the Web for vacuum cleaner
Last week Walt called the Vacuum-Cleaner Guy, and now the Vacuum Cleaner Guy had come through.‘Granite State,’ the Penultimate Episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ Is Walter White’s Final Act
September 23, 2013
This morning she came running over crying that her vacuum-cleaner was chasing her all over the house.The Brain
The vacuum-cleaner was at that period the last word of civilisation, and the first agency for it was being set up in Bursley.
I told all I knew, and a good bit more, and I sucked in information like a vacuum-cleaner.The City in the Clouds
C. Ranger Gull
Denry explained the vacuum-cleaner to the housewives, who had got no further than a Ewbank.
Of course it takes forty-eight hours to buy a vacuum-cleaner, doesn't it?
- an electrical household appliance used for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, etc, by suction
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