Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cleaning and tidying of a house and its contents.
  • noun Informal Removal of unwanted personnel, methods, or policies in an effort at reform or improvement.

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  • noun Collectively, the tasks involved with cleaning a house; the practice of cleaning a house.
  • verb Present participle of houseclean.

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

  • noun the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house
  • noun (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions

Etymologies

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From house + clean + -ing.

Examples

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  • The book Cold Sassy Tree briefly discusses the variations in housecleaning in the North and the South of the U.S.

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  • The book Cold Sassy Tree briefly discusses the variations in housecleaning in the North and the South of the U.S.

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  • In more modern times, thanks to Betty Friedan and her followers, housecleaning is deemed total drudgery and demeaning work -- something that evidently should be relegated to the untouchable class of India.

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  • Major housecleaning is expected, and needed, and this could be a source of bargains in 2002.

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  • Martha was a housekeeper – she reveled in housecleaning – she had

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  • I had been part of large "housecleaning" - a term that always makes me feel like a sad little stray dust ball under the desk.

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  • That and fall housecleaning, which is always a busy time of washing down the walls, shining windows, and whatnot.

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  • Anything that interrupts the ordinary flow of life, introduces into it, in short, a social cyclone that upsets everything for a fortnight, may in time be as hard to bear as that festival of housewives called housecleaning, that riot of cleanliness which men fear as they do

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  • Anything that interrupts the ordinary flow of life, introduces into it, in short, a social cyclone that upsets everything for a fortnight, may in time be as hard to bear as that festival of housewives called housecleaning, that riot of cleanliness which men fear as they do

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