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adjective clean pronunciation in British English /kliːn/
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  1. 1
    not dirty
    Go and put on a clean shirt.
    nice clean towels
    clean and tidy: I like to keep the place clean and tidy.
    spotlessly clean: Everything in the house was spotlessly clean (=extremely clean).
    brush/scrub/sweep/wash/wipe etc something clean: Tom had scrubbed the floor clean.
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    1. b.
      clean air or water has no dirty or dangerous substances in it
      Many refugees are living in appalling conditions, without clean water and proper sanitation.
      the clean country air
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  2. 2
    not guilty of anything illegal or wrong
    an attempt by the government to project a clean image
    Why couldn’t the president send somebody with a totally clean record?
    I’ve got a clean driving licence (=I have not committed any driving offences).
    1. a.
      clean language or humour does not offend people, especially because it does not involve sex
      It was all good clean fun.
      keep it clean (=not say anything offensive): Keep it clean – there are children listening.
    2. b.
      fair and done according to the rules
      It was a good clean fight.
    3. c.
      informal not carrying anything illegal
      The police stopped him, but he was clean.
    4. d.
      informal no longer using illegal drugs
      Carter’s been clean for six months.
  3. 4
    clean smells, tastes, and colours are light and fresh
    The wine is clean and fresh, though with a robust flavour.



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