Definition of clean up in English:

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clean up

0.1Make things or an area clean or neat: he was in the kitchen, cleaning up
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  • After her work was finished, she cleaned up the kitchen area and returned to her room.
  • Or is he taking on a very big job down there, as the president's viceroy for cleaning up that area?
  • Crews are doing what they can to try and clean up this area, but floodwaters remain a huge problem.
0.2 informal Make a substantial gain or profit.
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  • Disinfectant companies have been cleaning up since the foot-and-mouth outbreak.
  • He travels the circuit, pretending to be an ordinary joe, and then cleans up on bets and prizes because he has a great rock-and-roll voice.
  • A competent Democrat could clean up with a message to restore government for the people rather than for special interests.
0.3Win all the prizes available in a sporting competition or series of events: the Germans cleaned up at Wimbledon
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  • City Arms added to their division one championship win by cleaning up all the competition trophies on offer.
  • In addition to their 3rd place trophies, this team cleaned up on the technical prizes winning three Near Pins and a Long Drive.
  • He cleaned up in the rifle competition by winning five of the six rifle matches in the champion shot competition.
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