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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n housecleaning the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house "efficient housecleaning should proceed one room at a time"
    • n housecleaning (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions "more housecleaning is in store at other accounting firms","many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"
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In literature:

She had a fierce attack of housecleaning that day, and put everything in flawless order, even to the corners.
"Chronicles of Avonlea" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Myers Housecleaning Company had a suite of three rooms.
"A Poor Wise Man" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A thorough housecleaning was now carried through without interference or interruption.
"The Railroad Builders" by John Moody
In some cities they are merely temporary associations, formed for a single, thorough housecleaning.
"The Boss and the Machine" by Samuel P. Orth
On that day Bartlett and myself began spring housecleaning.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
And another thing; this municipal housecleaning would mask our real preparations.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
The doctor always groaned when he got the first glimpse of housecleaning, and gave a sigh of relief when it was over.
"Zip, the Adventures of a Frisky Fox Terrier" by Frances Trego Montgomery
To put discontent away from her and to keep her thoughts occupied she began the spring housecleaning.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Rosie had just housecleaned her desk for the second time that day.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
She organized a housecleaning brigade, and every woman in the place joined the ranks.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
And while we're making these changes we'll have a general housecleaning.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Two of my men and I got into an English squadron and had a thorough housecleaning.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
On this extensive and important field, future society will institute some thorough-going housecleaning.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
I do want to do some housecleaning for you, Judge Arthur.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
You've been doing a lot of housecleaning.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
Everything was piled on the table and a general housecleaning took place.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
Haven't had such a thorough housecleaning of my mean thoughts in quite a spell.
"Jessica Trent: Her Life on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Down at the Old Bramble Patch Mrs. Rabbit was housecleaning.
"Little Jack Rabbit and Chippy Chipmunk" by David Cory
Out of the exuberance of a merry heart the housekeeper has loosened the tacks in the parlor carpet, and the epoch of housecleaning begins.
"Rosemary and Rue" by Amber
Rested and refreshed, they all returned promptly to their housecleaning.
"Dandelion Cottage" by Carroll Watson Rankin

In news:

I've heard so much about using Borax for green housecleaning.
Housecleaner Dies in Violent Dog Attack.
After last week's loss to defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg, Hedgesville did some housecleaning.
BUNKER HILL — After last week's loss to defending Class AAA champion Martinsburg, Hedgesville did some housecleaning.
A Bank Teller Takes Up Housecleaning.
Housecleaning at the World Bank.
Let housecleaning begin at Wrigley.
Maybe it's time to do a little housecleaning .
Major housecleaning under way, but Bobby Valentine may stick around.
She used it to describe situations like washing the dishes, housecleaning, leaf raking, painting, or other jobs where extra hands made a seemingly time-consuming task an easy one.
Google phasing out 'iGoogle' as part of periodic housecleaning of products.
Before we move on to your picante preguntas (well, one, anyway), a bit of housecleaning.
But Medvedev speculates that the right brain may be performing important "housecleaning" tasks during a nap.
Let's get the housecleaning notes out in the open first.
As a modern woman it's hard to admit, but I actually enjoy dusting and scrubbing (it's weird, I know) and want to get excited by what's in the housecleaning aisle.