housecleaning

[hous-klee-ning]
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:
1860–65; house + cleaning

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houseclean

[hous-kleen]
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

housecleaner, noun
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Example sentences
Yahoo may now finally be on track for a complete housecleaning.
Daily maid service is not available, and visitors are expected to perform their own housecleaning each day.
It is not necessary to spend a lot of time or money on housecleaning activities.
Normal housecleaning and laundry usually do not succeed.
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