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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclean out
he/she/itcleans out
present participlecleaning out
past tensecleaned out
past participlecleaned out
  1. 1
    to make a place or container clean or neat by removing objects that are not wanted and getting rid of any dirt or dust in it
    They spent the day cleaning out the garage.
    1. a.
      to remove objects from a place or container in order to make it neat
      I’ve cleaned out all the junk from the cellar.
  2. 2
    informal to empty a place of objects or goods, especially by stealing or buying them in large quantities
    Government soldiers moved in and cleaned the village out.
    The supermarkets were cleaned out by panicking shoppers.
  3. 3
    informal to use all of someones money
    This will clean me out. I’ll have to sell the house.
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