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make clean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v make clean make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from "Clean the stove!","The dentist cleaned my teeth"
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Quotations

  • Michio Watanabe
    Michio Watanabe
    “People with high ideals don't necessarily make good politicians. If clean politics is so important, we should leave the job to scientists and the clergy.”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Doesn't make much sense to me to spray everything with chemicals when you're trying to clean.”

Idioms

Make a clean breast - If someone makes a clean breast, they confess in full to something they have done.
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Usage

In literature:

You make the world very sweet and clean to me.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
To make it white, clean sand was sprinkled on the floo' an we let it stay a couple of days then the floo' would be too clean to walk on.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
To make a proper seal the steel must be kept bright, hot and clean.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
In his haste to see his sister, he neglected to clean up, and appeared before her in his coal heaver's make-up.
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
Just notice how jealously he watches her and makes the men clean her off!
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
I'll make a clean breast of everything.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
These sand spouts are frequent, making a clean swathe, burying alike man and beast, and often they blow for weeks.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
The Queen-Mother will make a clean sweep of their rights as soon as she has power enough.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
But it was on his own account, for his healing and his consolation, that she advised him to make a clean breast of it.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
You must make a clean breast of it.
"St George's Cross" by H. G. Keene
Come, make a clean breast of it.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
Jones declared to the end that the president promised a light punishment for all concerned if he would make a clean breast.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Bring on the boots and shoes, Tommy; for this is Saturday night, and I must make things clean for Sunday.
"The Nursery, Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1875" by Various
There was no use in trying to keep back any part of my serious delinquency, so I resolved to make a clean breast of it.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
She wanted to make a neat, clean job of the launching, and she would do it dispassionately, like a good workwoman.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
I can't do it unless you make a clean breast of it.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
If I tell, I'll make a clean breast of it; if I don't I'll lie with my last breath!
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
There, go home now, and the first thing to be done is to make yourself perfectly clean.
"Miss Elliot's Girls" by Mrs Mary Spring Corning
Tho' I am nothing else but sin, Yet surely he can make me clean!
"The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African" by Olaudah Equiano
The place was clean, and as I watched the little old fellow at his work I decided to make my bed in his lodge.
"The Great Lone Land" by W. F. Butler
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In poetry:

Father, save me from my sin;
Savior, I Thy mercy crave;
Gracious Spirit, make me clean:
Father, Savior, Spirit, save.
"Holy Father, Hear My Cry" by Horatius Bonar
When from the curse he sets us free,
He makes our natures clean;
Nor would he send his Son to be
The minister of sin.
"Hymn 140" by Isaac Watts
For lo! in human hearts unseen
The Healer dwelleth still,
And they who make His temples clean
The best subserve His will.
"The Healer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Our captive-cries with pardon meet;
Our passion cleanse with pain;
Lord, thou didst make these miry feet—
Oh, wash them clean again!
"The Woman In The Temple" by George MacDonald
If thou would'st make thy heart a plot,
Trimm'd, bright, and pure, and clean,
Oh, let no tree o'erpow'r the rest,
Or rank o'ergrowth be seen.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young
How shall we get our crimes forgiv'n?
Or form our natures fit for heav'n?
Can souls all o'er defiled with sin
Make their own powers and passions clean?
"Hymn 34 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Spring cleaning is all about clearing out the old to make room for the new.
Anyone who lives in downtown Elkins or owns a business there may want to make plans to pick up some cleaning supplies or even begin some of the work.
One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it's a relatively clean story.
Caretakers spend time in close proximity with the elephants, monitoring their behavior and making sure they are clean and well-fed.
Making a Clean Break When the Relationship Is Over.
Establishing a cleaning and maintenance program for floors and carpets makes schools safer and more attractive.
The idea of setting aside time for spring cleaning may make you run for the hills.
Grab your friends and family and make a difference this Saturday by helping to clean up Cedar Creek.
What makes the restroom seem dirty to that employee will differ from what makes it seem dirty to someone responsible for cleaning the restroom.
But a Bismarck boy doesn`t want any presents, he just wants to bring clean water to people in Rwanda and his classmates are helping make that wish come true.
San Marcos — A Central Texas consortium made up of local cities and member-owned water utilities is working to make sure clean water is available to drink even as the area grows.
Some make clean break from networks, but going it alone is a slog.
Hundreds of students join forces to clean up Saginaw County for Make a Difference Day.
Owners are responsible for cleaning up after any mess the dog may make.
Visitation, St Joseph 's make it a clean sweep for St Louis.
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In science:

MiniBooNE will make such a measurement, but it does not have SciBar’s ability to cleanly resolve final states.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
Small penguin pollution makes, somewhat surprisingly, the method based on the SU(3) symmetry as theoretically clean as the isospin analysis .
Penguin pollution estimates relevant for phi_2/alpha extraction
Therefore, to make a clean determination of CP violation, one either needs very good energy resolution (to exploit the small energy dependence within the first node) with good statistics, or one needs to perform another measurement at the high oscillation node by placing another detector further off-axis.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
In contrast, the ILC is a precision machine allowing to make highly accurate measurements in both leptonic and hadronic channels, covering all possible decay modes of new heavy states in the clean environment of an e+ e− collider.
Experimental Precision Tests for the Electroweak Standard Model
Fullerton which makes use of the discrete Fourier transform and CLEAN deconvolution algorithm of Roberts et al. (1987).
New Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
First, phenomena that occur in strong gravitational fields are complex and often explosive, making it very difficult to find observable properties that depend cleanly on the gravitational field and that allow for quantitative tests of gravity theories.
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Electron or muon from such decays is usually a well-detected signature, which provides for clean and efficient trigger. c quark from b → W c transition and the other quark(s) making up the decaying Hb combine into a charm hadron, which is reconstructed in one or more exclusive decay channels.
Averages of b-hadron and c-hadron Properties at the End of 2007
We repeat our caution, however, that the data are not always as clean as we would like and it is not always possible to make a firm statement one way or the other.
The first-mover advantage in scientific publication
However, since different teams apply distinct procedures on the raw data in order to produce a final map, we will make the hypothesis that maps cleaned by different teams represent – to a good extent – “independent” CMB maps.
Testing gaussianity, homogeneity and isotropy with the cosmic microwave background
The fact that the representation of the correlators to NLO is not “contaminated” by higher order unknown LECs, makes the ǫ-regime potentially convenient for a clean extraction of the LO couplings.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
This means that every 106 time-step the cumulative error of the numerical errors makes it necessary to perform a cleaning of the ∇ · B.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
First, the theories involved are not typically “clean” analytic ones, but instead require simulation to make predictions.
A Guide to Comparisons of Star Formation Simulations with Observations
This is hardly surprising, in that observables which do a good job of distinguishing signals from backgrounds will also facilitate making clean measurements.
Tools for extracting new physics in events with missing transverse momentum
Hence, we expect that no coronal emission will be detected from this companion, making it a “clean ” system for studying alternate en ergy sources for quiescent X-ray emission, such as the ADAFs.
Coronal X-Ray Emission from the Stellar Companions to Transiently Accreting Black Holes
One of the most exciting areas in the last year has been new probes with a factor of three more sensitivity for D-mixing and Doubly Cabibbo Suppressed Decays (DCSD). We are working hard at CLEO to make use of our clean event environment to search in many D decay modes to improve on our results.
New Results from CLEO
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