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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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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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