Meaning of “clean-up” in the English Dictionary

"clean-up" in British English

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clean-upnoun [ S ]

uk /kliːn/ us /kliːn/

the act of making a place clean and tidy:

It's time you gave your bedroom a good clean-up.
Residents have called for a clean-up campaign to keep their streets free from rubbish.

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

"clean up" in Business English

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clean up

phrasal verb with clean uk /kliːn/ us verb

informal to get a lot of money:

With holiday spending already up by 10%, retailers are really hoping to clean up this season.

clean-upnoun [ C ]

also cleanup uk us

ENVIRONMENT an act of removing harmful substances or chemicals from a place or the environment:

Over $100 million was allocated for the cleanup of hazardous chemicals and radioactive waste.

WORKPLACE an act of improving a company or system by removing people and stopping activities that are dishonest or causing problems:

The cleanup involved foreclosing on thousands of problem loans and selling the properties that secured them.

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