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dry cleaning

noun
1.
the cleaning of garments, fabrics, draperies, etc., with any of various chemicals rather than water.
2.
garments for cleaning in this way.
Origin of dry cleaning
1810-1820
1810-20
Related forms
dry-cleaning, adjective

dry-clean

[drahy-kleen] /ˈdraɪˈklin/
verb (used with object)
1.
to clean (garments, draperies, rugs, etc.) with a liquid other than water, as benzine or gasoline.
Origin
1810-20; back formation from dry cleaning
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Examples from the Web for dry cleaning
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  • A top covering for the carriage must have washing or dry cleaning qualities.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Prohibition of dry cleaning of schools, offices, and streets.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • Grease may also be removed by dry cleaning, or chemical cleaning as it is called.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • She noticed a florist shop, a candy store, a dry cleaning establishment, and even a small brokerage office opening off the lobby.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for dry cleaning

dry-clean

verb
1.
(transitive) to clean (clothing, fabrics, etc) with a solvent other than water, such as trichloroethylene
Derived Forms
dry-cleaner, noun
dry-cleaning, noun
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