self cleaning


an act or instance of making clean: Give the house a good cleaning.
Slang. an overwhelming or complete defeat, financial loss, or failure: Our team took a cleaning in yesterday's game.
Informal. killing ( def 3 ).

1655–75; clean + -ing1

self-cleaning, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

O.E. clæne "clean, pure," from W.Gmc. *klainoz "clear, pure," from PIE base *gel- "to gleam" (cf. Gk. glene "eyeball," O.Ir. gel "bright"). As an adj., replaced in higher senses by clear, pure, but as a verb (c.1450) it has largely usurped what once belonged to
cleanse. The adj. clean in the sense of "innocent" is from c.1300; that of "not lewd" is from 1867; that of "free of drug addiction" is 1950s. To take (someone) to the cleaners "get all of (someone's) money" is from 1932
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary

clean definition

  1. mod.
    not using drugs; not involved with drugs. : I've been clean for more than a month now.
  2. mod.
    sober; not intoxicated with drugs at the moment. (Almost the same as sense 1.) : Just being clean for a day is an accomplishment.
  3. mod.
    not breaking any law. (Police and underworld.) : I'm clean, officer. You can't charge me with anything.
  4. mod.
    not carrying a weapon. (Police and underworld.) : I frisked him. He's clean.
  5. mod.
    well-dressed. : Now there's a clean dude!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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