clean up
intransitive verb Date: 1920 to make a spectacular profit in a business enterprise or a killing in speculation or gambling

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  • clean up — (v.), clean up (adj.),or cleanup (n.) (1) An informal phrase used by lenders to describe a provision in loan documents, usually the promissory notes used for lines of credit. The clean up provision requires that the loan balance outstanding under …   Financial and business terms

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  • clean up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you clean up a mess or clean up a place where there is a mess, you make things tidy and free of dirt again. [V P n (not pron)] Police in the city have been cleaning up the debris left by a day of violent confrontation... [V P]… …   English dictionary

  • clean up — verb 1. put (things or places) in order (Freq. 8) Tidy up your room! • Syn: ↑tidy, ↑tidy up, ↑neaten, ↑straighten, ↑straighten out, ↑square away …   Useful english dictionary

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