Definition of clean up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

clean up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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clean (yourself) up

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to make yourself neat and clean, usually by washing I need to change and clean up. Go and clean yourself up. You'd better get cleaned up. related noun clean-up

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    clean somethingup

     
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  1. 1 to remove dirt, etc. from somewhere He always expected other people to clean up after him (= when he had made the place dirty or messy). Who's going to clean up this mess? to clean up beaches after an oil spill a commitment to clean up the environment It took me the rest of the day to clean (the place) up. related noun clean-up
  2. 2 (informal) to win or make a lot of money This movie should clean up at the box office.

clean somethingup

 
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to remove crime and immoral behavior from a place or an activity The new mayor is determined to clean up the city. Soccer needs to clean up its image. related noun clean-up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clean up

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