spring-cleaning
noun Etymology: 2spring Date: 1857 the act or process of doing a thorough cleaning of a place

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  • spring-cleaning — /spring klee ning/, n. 1. a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year. 2. the activity of giving a place a complete cleaning: We ve been involved in spring cleaning and are exhausted. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • spring cleaning — UK US noun [countable/uncountable] [singular spring cleaning plural spring cleanings] british the activity of cleaning a house completely, especially at the end of winter Thesaurus: housekeeping and housework …   Useful english dictionary

  • spring-cleaning — n [U] when you clean a house thoroughly, usually once a year ▪ Judith s busy doing the spring cleaning . >spring clean n [singular] BrE >spring clean v [I and T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spring-cleaning — [spriŋ′klēn′iŋ] n. a thorough cleaning of the interior of a house, etc. as conventionally done in the spring …   English World dictionary

  • spring cleaning — noun count or uncount BRITISH an occasion when you clean your house completely, usually at the end of winter …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spring cleaning — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms spring cleaning : singular spring cleaning plural spring cleanings the activity of cleaning a house completely, especially at the end of winter …   English dictionary

  • spring-cleaning — noun the activity of cleaning a house thoroughly at the end of winter • Derivationally related forms: ↑spring clean • Hypernyms: ↑cleaning, ↑cleansing, ↑cleanup …   Useful english dictionary

  • spring cleaning — noun a) A systematic cleaning of a residence at the end of winter b) A systematic cleaning, reorganization, or weeding out of a system …   Wiktionary

  • spring cleaning — extensive cleaning, cleaning the house for a holiday …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spring-cleaning — (esp. AE) see spring clean * * * [ˌsprɪŋ kliːnɪŋ] (esp. AE) see spring clean …   Combinatory dictionary

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