clean house

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clean house clean and tidy up the house "She housecleans every week"
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Quotations

  • Mother Teresa
    Mother%20Teresa
    “There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.”
  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

Usage

In literature:

The house was clean, decent, and quiet for a wonder.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
And yet she can sit on her porch and smile at people going by, just like her house was cleaned up.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
The spring cleaning ... a girl who did not know the ways of the house would make work instead of saving it.
"The White Riband" by Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse
Then he ordered me away into the house, and said that if I wanted work to do, I might go and clean out the stable.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
I hoed the garden and cleaned its paths and mowed the dooryard and did some painting in the house.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
She had been cleaning out her poultry house.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The doctor kept an old woman to cook and clean the house, and his boy Tom, whom I have already mentioned.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Eager to begin his house-cleaning and mark some definite progress, West hurled his bolt from the blue.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
He began again, as on the other evening, to clean house and establish a methodical disorder.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
They agreed to clean the house thoroughly and to give me possession at once.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
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In poetry:

Sheer through the turban his wantons wove him,
Clean to the skull the Deliverer clove him;
And the two hosts reeled at the sign appalling,
As the great king fell like a great house falling.
"The Ballad Of The Battle Of Gibeon" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
In a dirty old house lived a Dirty Old Man;
Soap, towels, or brushes were not in his plan.
For forty long years, as the neighbors declared,
His house never once had been cleaned or repaired.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
The Lord let the house of a brute to the soul of a man,
And the man said, ‘Am I your debtor?’
And the Lord–‘Not yet; but make it as clean as you can,
And then I will let you a better.’
"By an Evolutionist" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Then straightway flashes up athwart the words:
"And if I be a son I am very far
From my great Father's house; I am not clean.
I have not always willed it should be so,
And the gold of life is rusted with my tears."
"A Parson's Letter To A Young Poet" by Jean Ingelow
"If Thou but wilt, Lord, Thou canst make me clean."
Thus shall I answer swift.
And He will touch me, as He walks serene;
And I shall rise and lift
This couch, so long my prison-house of pain,
And be made whole again.
"Overshadowed" by Susan Coolidge
Then under the skies I make my vows
Myself to purify and fit my heart
For the inhabiting of the high House
Of Song, that dwells high and clean apart
The fire, the flood, the soaring, these the three
That merged are power of Song and prophecy.
"When From The Curve Of The Wood's Edge" by Ivor Gurney

In news:

Santa Clara County is one step closer to clean up a hoarder 's house.
Santa Clara County is one step closer to cleaning up a hoarder 's house that's been a nuisance for more than 40 years.
When Susan Boyer became Washington County Common Pleas Court judge in 1986, some people speculated she would clean house and bring new employees into the office.
While cleaning out her deceased father's house, Mair Ellis discovers an old shawl that belonged to her grandmother, along with a curious lock of hair.
Elin Nordegren is moving on and cleaning house.
In response to Bill Kopras' letter to the editor of Oct 28 ("Voters should clean house"), it is pretty obvious that he is "all wet.
Slowly but surely, the Philadelphia Eagles are cleaning house.
Clean Line Energy is hosting a series of public open house meeting in different Arkansas communities to introduce themselves.
According to the survey, 62 percent would rather cook, 49 percent would rather grocery shop, 38 percent would rather clean the house and 17 percent would rather see the dentist.
Luke Bryan cleans house at American Country Awards.
An Illinois House member is proposing legislation that would require the use of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies in the state's schools.
LAS CRUCES — It's a collective 'clean house' effort by the city of Las Cruces.
Two members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pushing for a House vote on legislation that would free up federal funding to clean up abandoned uranium mines .
Sarah Ruhl has told this story often, but it bears one more repetition: She came up with the idea for her comedy The Clean House after going to a party and overhearing a woman talk about her maid, who had stopped cleaning her h.
The US Labor Department has cited House of Raeford for allowing minors at a Duplin County plant to clean or operate powered meat- processing equipment.
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