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An instance or an action of cleaning or tidying - thesaurus

Synonyms

rinse

noun

a quick wash, especially in flowing water

wipe

noun

the action of wiping something to make it clean

rub

noun

the action of rubbing something with a cloth etc

brush

noun

an instance of making something clean or tidy using a brush

scrub

noun

a thorough wash or clean

sweep

noun

an act of sweeping something

clear-out

noun

British an occasion when you get rid of all the things that you have kept but do not need

dust

noun

British the action of dusting something

clear-up

noun

Britishspoken an occasion when you make a place tidy by removing things that you have finished using or no longer want

spit and polish

the process of cleaning and polishing something carefully, usually for a special event

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a lick and a promise

British an occasion when you wash something very quickly and not very carefully

clean

noun

British an occasion when you clean something

dab

noun

a gentle touch on a surface with something such as a piece of cloth, in order to make it clean or dry

declutter

noun

an occasion when you get rid of things you do not need or want from your home or another place

decluttering

noun

the process or activity of getting rid of things you do not need or want from your home or another place

detoxification

noun

science the process of removing poisons from a substance

polish

noun

an act of rubbing an object to make it shine

purification

noun

the process of making something clean by removing dirty or harmful substances from it

shine

noun

the act of rubbing something to make it shine

shoeshine

noun

the activity of polishing shoes

sort-out

noun

Britishinformal the process of getting rid of things that you do not need and arranging things that you do need tidily

treatment

noun

a process in which a substance is put on something, for example in order to preserve or clean it

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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