clean out

clean out
1. empty completely (Freq. 5)

We cleaned out all the drawers

Syn: ↑clear out
Hypernyms: ↑empty
Hyponyms: ↑clinker
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. force out

The new boss cleaned out the lazy workers

Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


Something ——s somebody

3. deprive completely of money or goods

The robbers cleaned us out in a couple of hours

Hypernyms: ↑deprive, ↑strip, ↑divest
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


Something ——s somebody

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clean out [phrasal verb]
1 clean (something) out or clean out (something) : to remove unwanted things from (a room, closet, etc.)

We spent the weekend cleaning out the garage. [=clearing unwanted items from the garage]

I need to clean out my purse.

2 clean (someone or something) out or clean out (someone or something) informal : to steal or take everything from (someone or something)

The thieves broke in and cleaned out the store.

She fell for the scheme and was cleaned out. [=all her money was taken]

3 clean (someone) out or clean out (someone) informal : to use up all or most of someone's money

Buying the house really cleaned us out. Now we're broke.

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Main Entry:clean

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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