Definitions

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  • v. To clean to an excessive degree.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ clean

Examples

  • The article argues that in security, it is always better not to get invaded than to get invaded and clean up what you think has got through, because ‘cleaning’ products can underclean (miss unwanted material) or overclean (change or harm your computer).

    Sunday, January 20, 2008 | Lifehacker Australia

  • This book is full of easy and wise ways to green your cleaning and might even give you some insight into whether you overclean--as I used to--buying the marketers' ploys that we are in a war against microbes, must bleach, must ammonia, must KILL!

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Women with this problem tend to overclean the vulva, contributing to further irritation.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • He had a good wife — though a little overclean — and seven fine-appetited children, who gave him the greatest pleasure in providing victuals.

    Mary Anerley

  • His linen and his long scarf-like neck-tie were all such as are worn by people who aim at being stylish, but on closer inspection his linen was not overclean and his wide scarf was very threadbare.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • The house, with its bare, unplastered log walls, was not overclean — it did not seem that those living in it aimed at keeping it spotless — but neither was it noticeably neglected.

    War and Peace

  • Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar was born into a poor Brahmin family, contracted smallpox at the age of two, flunked out of college twice, went through an arranged marriage with a girl of ten, and was described by Ramachandra Rao as 'a short, uncouth figure, stout, unshaved, not overclean. '

    In The Jungle of the Infinite

  • Her full breast brushed his cheek and shoulder, and he could smell the musky, not overclean scent of her body.

    Dearly Beloved

  • Anxious knots were at every station and water tank, and not overclean hands were thrust into the windows, with the cry: "Airy paper?"

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • Rise early, fare simply, and travel far enough to appreciate whatever offers for a camping-ground, though it be no more than the grudging shadow of a wall at mid-day, or a n'zala not overclean, when from north, south, east, and west the shepherd boys and girls are herding their flocks along the homeward way.

    Morocco

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