from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To clean the interior and furnishings of a residence.
  • verb intransitive To make major reforms; to clean house.
  • verb transitive To clean the interior and residential furnishings of.
  • verb transitive To rid of undesirable personnel and procedures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb clean and tidy up the house


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • We went through this same sort of silly season in 1994 when Newt Gingrich and a previous batch of angry white men stormed into power thinking they were going to "houseclean".

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • One of the ritual of the Nowruz actually is, beside housecleaning physically, you houseclean mentally.

    Fresh Foods Ring in Persian New Year of Nowruz

  • Goss, a CIA Operations Officer through most of the 1960s, then a congressman from Florida who became head of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, arrived at Headquarters with the clear intention to houseclean, and from the beginning he was seen more as a crusader and occupier than former colleague.

    Fair Game

  • Today was a big laundry day - two loads of towels, lots of bedding - and an all-over houseclean, too.


  • I'll have to houseclean on a daily basis and everything will have to be neat and tidy at all times.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • While I'm moving over new content to my MP3 player, I also need to houseclean the older content I've already listened to.

    No Progressive Talk Radio? Try Podcasting!

  • I'll have to houseclean on a daily basis and everything will have to be neat and tidy at all times.


  • She tore his photograph into bits and threw them into her waste basket, and having thus housecleaned her room set to work to houseclean her heart.

    The Breaking Point

  • I always wondered how Marilla dared houseclean that room.

    Anne of the Island

  • Mike Garrett is out as USC's AD, but there is more houseclean ... News


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.