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  • n  a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
  • v  make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
    The dentist cleaned my teeth
  • v  remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
  • v  clean and tidy up the house
    She housecleans every week
  • v  clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
    clean up before you see your grandparents
    clean your fingernails before dinner
  • v  be cleanable
    This stove cleans easily
  • v  deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
    The other players cleaned him completely
  • v  remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
    The boys cleaned the sandwich platters
    The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm
  • v  remove while making clean
  • v  remove unwanted substances from
  • v  remove shells or husks from
    clean grain before milling it
  • a  free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits
    children with clean shining faces
    clean white shirts
    clean dishes
    a spotlessly clean house
    cats are clean animals
  • s  free of restrictions or qualifications
    a clean bill of health
  • s  (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings
  • s  free from impurities
    clean water
  • s  (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense
    a clean voting record
    a clean driver's license
  • a  ritually clean or pure
  • a  not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
    a clean fuel
    cleaner and more efficient engines
    the tactical bomb is reasonably clean
  • a  (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers
    good clean fun
    a clean joke
  • s  free from sepsis or infection
    a clean (or uninfected) wound
  • s  morally pure
    led a clean life
  • s  (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections
    a clean manuscript
  • s  (of a surface) not written or printed on
    a clean page
  • s  exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play
    a clean fight
  • s  without difficulties or problems
    a clean test flight
  • s  thorough and without qualification
    a clean getaway
    a clean sweep
    a clean break
  • s  not carrying concealed weapons
  • s  free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek
    a clean throw
  • s  free of drugs
    after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years
  • r  completely; used as intensifiers
    clean forgot the appointment
  • r  in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating
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  • Joe Biden in The Guardian
    That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean... Barack Obama The Guardian (blog) Jan 27, 2010 18316 25789 clean At the start of the primary campaign Biden called him the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean".
  • Tony Hayward in Washington Post
    We are doing everything we can to do the right thing,said Hayward, who said he had no intention of stepping down. "We are going to stop the leak, we're going to clean up the oil, we're going to remediate any environmental damage and we're...

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