to clean up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - clean up

"to clean up"

to make someone or something clean, neat or presentable


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - clean up

"to clean up"

to eliminate dirt, garbage or impurities


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - clean up

"to clean up"

to rid something or some place of crime or immoral behavior


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - clean up

"to clean up"

to make a large amount of money often in a short time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - clean up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is that your boyfriend over there?

Friend 2:  Yes.

Friend 1:  He sure cleans up nicely.

Friend 2:  Thanks.  Yes, when he decides to shave and put on nice clothes, he looks pretty good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - clean up

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  How was art class?

Teacher 2:  Great. We had a lot of fun. The room is a little messy now, though.

Teacher 1:  Then I suppose you had better get it cleaned up then.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - clean up

Two policemen are talking ...

Policeman 1:  Looks like we've got a new captain.

Policeman 2: They say he is a specialist at cleaning up corruption in police departments.

Policeman 1:  Then our new captain has a lot of work to do cleaning up this department.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - clean up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard you've started day trading in the commodities market.

Friend 2:  I have and I am making a lot of money.

Friend 1:  Great to hear that you are cleaning up.

to clean up - Usage:


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to clean up - Gerund Form:

Cleaning up the garage in the spring is a good idea.

Cleaning up the district was the new police captain's job.

Cleaning up at the horse racing track means you made a lot of money gambling.

to clean up - Examples:

1)  All i ever asked from him was to clean up after himself which he hardly ever does on his own.

2)  We need to work to clean up the election system we have.

3)  I decided to clean up the dirt and sweep off the porch.

4)  The microglia are the immune cells that prevent and clean up plaque build up among brain cells.

5)  Boys are never taught to clean up after themselves.

6)  Aren't you cleaning up from a massive storm in India yourself?

7)  We're cleaning up someone else's mistake, etc.

8)  I definitely believe we take a cleaning up the environment more seriously

9)  Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.

10)  Failure to let creative destruction do the work of cleaning up the financial industry is a major reason why the economy can't recover.

11)  It also cleans up problems like replacing spaces in the URLs with underscores.

12)  Be sure that the painting crew cleans up thoroughly.

13)  This is where our service really cleans up.

14)  At the all-nighter itself, Crystal nearly cleans up in the icebreaker games but for the interference of Lori.

15)  We now see the best of New York showing again, as it cleans up the mess with its own immediate resources.

16)  Meanwhile, hundreds of those dirty waste sites have been cleaned up.

17)  When you have your room cleaned up, then you can go out and play.

18)  He could have cleaned up elections forever.

19)  We should get the abandoned properties cleaned up near the schools so the kids are safe going to and from school.

20)  It ended up with $170M. And I'm sure it cleaned up with DVD sales.