Definition of cleaner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkliːnə/


1A person or thing that cleans something, in particular:
1.1A person employed to clean the interior of a building: she’s one of the office cleaners
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  • Companies use agencies to employ cleaners for their buildings.
  • In fact, one boy employed as an office cleaner did not even know how to open a door.
  • And meanwhile they're employing kitchen staff and cleaners from where?
1.2 (the cleaners) A shop where clothes and fabrics are dry-cleaned: my suit’s at the cleaners
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  • We were supposed to put all the clothes from the cleaners or the laundry onto crocheted hangers that my grandmother had made for us.
  • For instance, when all the actors sent their clothes to the cleaners, all of the women's underwear was sent back.
  • You get a whiff of that fluid too, every time you pick up your clothes from the cleaners.
1.3A device for cleaning, such as a vacuum cleaner.
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  • Other firms have shown off prototype robot cleaners, but it is the first to put one into production.
  • The shriveled black olives are then vacuumed up with machines that look like street cleaners.
  • A standard central vacuum canister works on the same principle as a conventional cleaner.
1.4A chemical substance used for cleaning: an oven cleaner
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  • Stronger cleaners such as oven or drain cleaners also contain corrosive substances, which will kill and remove tissue cells.
  • Benzene, a chemical in detergents and oven cleaners, is also known to be a carcinogen.
  • What goes down the drain at home winds up in the sea - phosphate detergents, household solvents, chemical cleaners and human sewage.


take someone to the cleaners

Take all someone’s money or possessions in a dishonest or unfair way: he had a lot of dishonest partners who really took him to the cleaners
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  • It is perhaps an unintended irony that on the same page that we find ads for cleaners, we find ads for the guys who will take you to the cleaners if you let them.
  • Her drinking accelerated and her accountant took her to the cleaners.
  • A bunch of slick, elitist, wingnut hucksters are taking them to the cleaners.
1.1Inflict a crushing defeat on someone: his team were taken to the cleaners by the Australians in the first Test
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  • If one team gets on top of their game and the other team isn't, then they are quite capable of taking them to the cleaners - and that's what happened to us.
  • I think that they reckoned we had something of a soft underbelly up front but we took them to the cleaners.
  • From there until the interval they took Laois to the cleaners.

Words that rhyme with cleaner

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