houseclean
verb Etymology: back-formation from housecleaning Date: 1863 intransitive verb 1. to clean a house and its furniture 2. to get rid of unwanted or undesirable items or people transitive verb 1. to clean the surfaces and furnishings of 2. to improve or reform by ridding of undesirable people or practices • housecleaning noun

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  • houseclean — housecleaner, n. /hows kleen /, v.t. 1. to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning. v.i. 2. to engage in housecleaning. [1860 65; back formation from HOUSECLEANING] * * * …   Universalium

  • houseclean — verb a) To clean the interior and furnishings of a residence. b) To make major reforms; to clean house …   Wiktionary

  • houseclean — v. clean a house, tidy up a house …   English contemporary dictionary

  • houseclean — house·clean …   English syllables

  • houseclean — verb clean and tidy up the house She housecleans every week • Syn: ↑clean house, ↑clean • Derivationally related forms: ↑cleaner (for: ↑clean), ↑cleaning ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of English back-formations — Back formation refers to either the process of creating a new lexeme (less precisely, a new word ) by removing actual or supposed affixes, or to the neologism formed by such a process. Back formations are shortened words created from longer words …   Wikipedia

  • clean house — verb clean and tidy up the house She housecleans every week • Syn: ↑houseclean, ↑clean • Derivationally related forms: ↑cleaner (for: ↑clean), ↑cleaning ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • housecleaning — noun see houseclean …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • housecleaner — See houseclean. * * * …   Universalium

  • housecleaner — noun Someone employed to clean a house. See Also: clean house, houseclean …   Wiktionary

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