Definition of cleaner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkliːnə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkliːnər//
    Types of stores, Professions
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  1. 1a person whose job is to clean other people’s houses or offices, etc. an office cleaner I met him while I was working as a cleaner in a hospital. See related entries: Professions
  2. 2a machine or substance that is used for cleaning a vacuum cleaner a bottle of kitchen cleaner
  3. 3 cleaner’s (pl. cleaners) (also dry-cleaner’s) a shop/store where clothes, curtains, etc. are cleaned, especially with chemicals Can you pick up my suit from the cleaner's? See related entries: Types of stores
  4. Idioms
      take somebody to the cleaners (informal)
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    1. 1to steal all of somebody’s money, etc., or to get it using a trick
    2. 2to defeat somebody completely Our team got taken to the cleaners.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cleaner