Definition of housecleaning in English:

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housecleaning

Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌklēniNG/

noun

chiefly North American
1The action or process of cleaning the inside of a house or apartment: I take care of the housecleaning, cooking, and laundry
More 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.
1.1The removal of unwanted or superfluous elements: 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.

Derivatives

houseclean

Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌklēn/
verb
Example sentences
  • The average parent works all day, then comes home to prepare dinner for children, houseclean, pay the bills, etc.
  • Our staff maintains and housecleans the buildings and there is never any mowing or repairs to worry about.
  • Mom cooked, made our clothes, housecleaned, and taught us to behave.

housecleaner

noun
Example sentences
  • The buses serve the garment workers and the housecleaners, as well as the clerical staff that keep the law offices and accounting firms operating.
  • 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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Syllabification: house·clean·ing

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