clean up

1) PHRASAL VERB If you clean up a mess or clean up a place where there is a mess, you make things tidy and free of dirt again.

[V P n (not pron)] Police in the city have been cleaning up the debris left by a day of violent confrontation...

[V P] Nina and Mary were in the kitchen, cleaning up after dinner. [Also V n P]

2) PHRASAL VERB To clean up something such as the environment or an industrial process means to make it free from substances or processes that cause pollution.

[V P n (not pron)] Under pressure from the public, many regional governments cleaned up their beaches. [Also V n P]

3) PHRASAL VERB If the police or authorities clean up a place or area of activity, they make it free from crime, corruption, and other unacceptable forms of behaviour.

[V n P] After years of neglect and decline the city was cleaning itself up...

[V P n (not pron)] Since then, the authorities have tried to clean up the sport.

4) PHRASAL VERB If you go and clean up, you make yourself clean and tidy, especially after doing something that has made you dirty.

[V P] Johnny, go inside and get cleaned up...

I cleaned myself up a bit, and got the baby ready.

5) PHRASAL VERB If someone cleans up, they make a large profit or get a lot of money. [INFORMAL]

[V P] It has cleaned up at the box office.


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