to clean out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - clean  out

"to clean out"

to remove garbage, dirt or impurities from the inside of something


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Idiom Definition 2

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"to clean out"

to empty an area of contents or occupants


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Idiom Definition 3

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"to clean out"

to force someone or a group out of somewhere


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - clean  out

"to clean out"

to leave someone or something completely without money or material wealth


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Idiom Definition 5

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"to clean out"

to deplete or use up all of some resource or supply


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Idiom Scenario 1

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A couple are talking ...

Husband:  Something is really starting to smell in the refrigerator.

Wife:  We have been collecting up leftovers for a while now.

Husband:  I guess something is going bad, then.

Wife:  I'll clean out the frig later today.

Husband:  Good idea.

Idiom Scenario 2

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Two factory supervisors are talking ...

Supervisor 1:  The carbon monoxide alarm has gone off in the factory.

Supervisor 2:  Then we should clean out all the workers.

Supervisor 1:  OK. I'll activate the fire alarm and have all the workers leave the building.

Idiom Scenario 3

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Two friends are playing a video game ...

Friend 1:  We are going to have a lot of trouble getting through this section of the game.

Friend 2:  I know.  There are just so many enemy aliens.

Friend 1:  I don't think we can make it through the section by stealth.

Friend 2:  Nope.  We are going to have to clean out all the aliens.

Friend 1:  Let's start shooting. 

Idiom Scenario 4

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Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is your divorce going?

Friend 2:  Not so well. My wife hired an extremely good lawyer and they have cleaned me out.

Friend 1:  You have no money?

Friend 2:  No money, no house, no investments. They even took my car. I have nothing left.

Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - clean  out

Two mine managers are talking ...

Manager 1:  Looks like we have removed all the gold we can from this vein.

Manager 2:  There is no gold left?

Manager 1:  No. We've managed to completely clean the gold out.

Manager 2:  Then we had better move on to another vein.

to clean out - Usage:


to clean out - Gerund Form:

Cleaning out the garbage cans occasionally can help deter odor.

Cleaning out the contents of the safe, the thieves ran.

Cleaning out gangs from poor neighborhoods is a challenge for police.

Cleaning out your opponents at the poker table means you have a lot of money.

Cleaning out the gold deposit as quickly as possible was the mine managers job.

to clean out - Examples:

1)  Actually, a really good reason to clean out your closet is not only for more space and a more organized closet but ...

2)  They insist we throw out all the chemicals that may have affected us, clean out all the beakers and start all over again from scratch. 

3)  But, it would pay the Sheriff dividends to clean out his department. 

4)  Still, I did tell my housemate I would clean out the garage by December 31. 

5)  Yitzhak Sadeh was put in charge of operations, with the order to 'clean out' the region.

6)  ... which about cleaned out our savings ...

7)  The manger once held food, but now it is cleaned out. It has nothing left over.

8)  Through the window they see that their house has been cleaned out by the repo man.

9)  The turkey should be cleaned out, completely thawed, and should not be a self-basting or Kosher turkey.

10)  I used this time to tackle some home projects. I cleaned out the fridge and pantry.

11)  We spent three weeks with the grandparents, myself and the husband cleaning out my mother's apartment.

12)  Democrats and Republicans both know cleaning up our economy starts with cleaning out Congress.

13)  The low point was cleaning out boilers at a lumber mill.

14)  The whole WH needs a cleaning out, they are all liars and are a disgrace to USA.

15)  Contractors responsible for cleaning out the medical office after a storm improperly disposed of a computer that contained sensitive ...

16)  ... a company that cleans out industrial and residential ductwork.

17)  It makes me a better person because a really good run cleans out your lungs.

18)  The oil contains meadow foam oil which cleans out your pores and says goodbye to whiteheads and blackheads.

19)  A teenage daughter cleans out the office safe and absconds with her father's new employee ...

20)  For instance, instead of complaining how your partner never cleans out the dishwasher, try just doing it yourself once in awhile without complaint.