Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

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

Etymologies

From house + clean + -ing. (Wiktionary)

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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  • 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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  • The tower's condo owners will have access to the hotel's services, such as housecleaning and room service, at a price.

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  • Obviously, this alleged "housecleaning" is another attempt to promote your pro-Clinton ideology.

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  • Had the same fate been meted out to all of the supervisors above Ms. Way who signed off on reports filled with numbers they knew to be wrong because of Ms. Way's warnings - had Garth Fell, Bill Huennekens, AND Dean Logan all been summarily dismissed - that would have been fair, and a true elections "housecleaning".

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