Meaning of “clean sth out” in the English Dictionary

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"clean sth out" in British English

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clean sth out

phrasal verb with clean uk /kliːn/ us /kliːn/ verb

C2 to take everything out of a room, car, container, etc. and clean the inside of it:

I found these photos while I was cleaning out my cupboards.

(Definition of “clean sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clean sth out" in Business English

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clean sth out

informal
phrasal verb with clean uk /kliːn/ us verb

to empty a place of everything in it:

Automakers were offering big rebates to clean out their inventories.

(Definition of “clean sth out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)