Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “clean sth up”

clean sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with clean   /kliːn/ us  

(CRIME)

to stop illegal or dishonest activity in a place or organization: We need a mayor who is tough enough to clean up this town.

(BAD BEHAVIOUR)

to stop or limit the violence, sex, or bad behaviour shown or contained in programmes or books, magazines, etc., to make them more acceptable: Some people think that television should be cleaned up.
(Definition of clean sth up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of clean sth up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “clean sth up” in other dictionaries

Translations of “clean sth up”

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More