informal A man, especially a public figure, who has an impeccable image, record, or reputation. Sometimes used with Miss, Mrs., or Ms. when referring to a woman: he comes up Mr. Clean on the sheets—not even a parking ticket
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- Mark's appointment was seen as clearly signalling a battle against corruption: ‘He had the reputation of a Mr. Clean.’
- After Mr. Clean tried to kill a guard with a pistol someone had slipped into his cell, his nickname became ‘Trigger.’
- He's Mr. Clean, a driver who would rather finish second than make an enemy by driving dirty.
From the trademark Mr. Clean, a brand of household cleaner.
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