American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To clean (clothing or fabrics) with chemical solvents that have little or no water.
- v. alternative spelling of dry clean.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to clean without the use of water; -- usually by immersing in an organic solvent to remove grease.
- v. clean with chemical agents
“For much of the 20th century, carbon tetrachloride was regarded as a miracle chemical: It was used to put out fires, degrease machines, kill bugs, dry-clean clothing and even help stamp collectors detect forgeries.”
“STAINS Wash rather than dry-clean shirts with yellow underarm stains.”
“But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand - or machine-wash.”
“For those who assume Mr. Panichgul's high-end duds are dry-clean only, think again.”
“Mr. Dunn is careful not to dry-clean pants too often, saying it can take a toll on the fabric.”
“The shop refuses to even consider taking them unless you dry-clean them all first -- which will cost you at least $100.”
“My grandmother would send me to phys ed in a navy-blue, puffy-sleeved, one-piece cashmere sweat suit with a patent-leather belt, and warn me not to sweat in it, since it was dry-clean only.”
““And then I said to him,” Mr. Lockwood continued loudly, “‘The pants were dry-clean only!’””
“But dry-clean suits and other woven garments made of cashmere or camel hair.”
“Dry cleaning try to save dry-clean only items for special occasions.”
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