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.Correcting and mendingEditing and compiling

(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.Forbidding and banning things
(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

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More