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Syllabification: house·clean·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌklēniNG

Definition of housecleaning in English:


1The cleaning of the interior of a dwelling.
Example sentences
  • One thing's for certain about modern-day housecleaning - everybody's got a different definition of clean.
  • In fact, a general housecleaning is long overdue.
  • He enjoys housecleaning and keeps cell 2 unblemished: he scrubs the toilet, sink and floor; he dusts and folds laundry.
2The removal of unwanted or superfluous items, practices, conditions, or personnel: the new owner’s housecleaning cost a lot of people their jobs
More example sentences
  • Corporate America, of course, has already done a lot of housecleaning since the late '90s.
  • Most new bosses do a little housecleaning.
  • Never mind the Congressional gimmick of reorganizing the INS, surely we are long past due for a housecleaning of our immigration bureaucracy, starting at the top.



Example sentences
  • The average parent works all day, then comes home to prepare dinner for children, houseclean, pay the bills, etc.
  • On Saturday, August 26, from 9 am until whenever, we need volunteer help to houseclean the museum.
  • Our staff maintains and housecleans the buildings and there is never any mowing or repairs to worry about.


Example sentences
  • The buses serve the garment workers and the housecleaners, as well as the clerical staffs that keep the law offices and accounting firms operating in those gleaming business towers.
  • Another group of immigrant women from Mexico, who work as housecleaners in the Bay Area, got tired of dealing with health problems caused by chemical cleaning solutions.
  • Well, she hired a bunch of housecleaners and watched while drinking margaritas.

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