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dry cleaning

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


[drahy-kleen] /ˈdraɪˈklin/
verb (used with object)
to clean (garments, draperies, rugs, etc.) with a liquid other than water, as benzine or gasoline.
1810-20; back formation from dry cleaning Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for dry cleaning


(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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