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[kleen-uhp] /ˈklinˌʌp/
the act or process of cleaning up.
Slang. a very large profit:
The company made a real cleanup on their new invention.
  1. the fourth position in the batting order:
    Our best home-run hitter is batting cleanup.
  2. the player who bats in this position.
Origin of cleanup
1865-70, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase clean up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We'd usually give the kids some jobs, setting the table or helping with cleanup.
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  • Do a thorough fall cleanup and remove all debris from the ground below trees.
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  • For better or for worse, actual lab preparation and cleanup are all part of the learning.
  • She responded to say that she hadn't gone to the fire but was at the station as backup and to help with post-fire cleanup.
  • The total cleanup cost to the taxpayers, in today's dollars, was nearly two hundred billion.
  • The same cooling and cleanup operations must happen.
  • With little to salvage, authorities say that cleanup is now the main task at hand.
British Dictionary definitions for cleanup

clean up

verb (adverb)
to rid (something) of dirt, filth, or other impurities
to make (someone or something) orderly or presentable
(transitive) to rid (a place) of undesirable people or conditions: the campaign against vice had cleaned up the city
(intransitive) (informal) to make a great profit
  1. the process of cleaning up or eliminating something
  2. (as modifier): a cleanup campaign
(informal, mainly US) a great profit
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Slang definitions & phrases for cleanup


  1. : another cleanup campaign
  2. Batting fourth in the lineup: He did better as the cleanup hitter (1910+ Baseball)

An intensive effort or campaign against crime, filth, etc, of the sort periodically undertaken by the authorities: The Mayor vowed another definitive cleanup of the Times Square area (1920s+)

[baseball sense fr the sanguine notion that the first three hitters will reach base and the bases will be emptied, cleaned up, by the fourth hitter]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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