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cleanup

[kleen-uhp] /ˈklinˌʌp/
noun
1.
the act or process of cleaning up.
2.
Slang. a very large profit:
The company made a real cleanup on their new invention.
3.
Baseball.
  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
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase clean up
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clean up

verb (adverb)
1.
to rid (something) of dirt, filth, or other impurities
2.
to make (someone or something) orderly or presentable
3.
(transitive) to rid (a place) of undesirable people or conditions: the campaign against vice had cleaned up the city
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to make a great profit
noun
5.
  1. the process of cleaning up or eliminating something
  2. (as modifier): a cleanup campaign
6.
(informal, mainly US) a great profit
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cleanup

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

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]


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