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housecleaning

[hous-klee-ning] /ˈhaʊsˌkli nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of cleaning a house, room, etc., and its furnishings, especially the act of cleaning thoroughly and completely.
2.
the act of improving or reforming by weeding out excess or corrupt personnel or of revising methods of operation.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; house + cleaning

houseclean

[hous-kleen] /ˈhaʊsˌklin/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning.
verb (used without object)
2.
to engage in housecleaning.
Origin
1860-65; back formation from housecleaning
Related forms
housecleaner, noun
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house-cleaning

noun

A reorganization of a business or government department, esp with dismissal of incompetent or dishonest employees; shake-up: Honest cops, instead of welcoming a house-cleaning, resent it (1928+)


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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