clean (sth) up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"clean (sth) up" in British English

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clean (sth) up

slang
phrasal verb with clean uk   us   /kliːn/ verb
to ​win a lot of ​money: We ​cleaned up at the ​pokertable last ​night.

clean sth up

phrasal verb with clean uk   us   /kliːn/ verb

clean (sth) up (CRIME)

to ​stopillegal or ​dishonestactivity in a ​place or ​organization: We need a ​mayor who is ​tough enough to ​clean up this ​town.

clean (sth) up (BAD BEHAVIOUR)

to ​stop or ​limit the ​violence, ​sex, or ​badbehaviourshown or ​contained in ​programmes or ​books, ​magazines, etc., to make them more ​acceptable: Some ​peoplethink that ​television should be ​cleaned up.
(Definition of clean (sth) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clean sth up" in Business English

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clean sth up

phrasal verb with clean uk   us   /kliːn/ verb
informal to ​stopillegal and dishonest ​activity in a ​company, ​system, etc.: Last week the Government announced ​plans to ​clean up the ​mortgageindustry. After the ​scandal, a ​team of ​marketingspecialists was ​hired to ​clean up the company's ​image.
ENVIRONMENT to ​remove harmful substances or ​chemicals from a ​place or the ​environment: clean up pollution/contamination/waste $250 million was ​spent on cleaning up groundwater ​contamination at the ​former factory's ​site.
(Definition of clean sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “clean (sth) up”
in Chinese (Simplified) 罪行, 肃清,整顿,清理(非法或不诚实行为)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 罪行, 肅清,整頓,清理(非法或不誠實行為)…
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