Definition of clean adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kliːn//
; NAmE NAmE//kliːn//
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  • (informal) used to emphasize that an action takes place completely The thief got clean away. I clean forgot about calling him.
  • Word OriginOld English clǣne, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German klein ‘small’.Idioms
    come clean (with somebody) (about something)
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    to admit and explain something that you have kept as a secret Isn't it time the government came clean about their plans for education?
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clean