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English definition of “clean”

clean

adjective [-er/-est only] (COMPLETE)   /klin/
complete: It’s better for both of us if we make a clean break and stop seeing each other. clean    /klin/ adverb [not gradable] infml The bullet went clean through his shoulder and out the other side.
(Definition of clean adjective (COMPLETE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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