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clean up something

phrasal verb with clean  us   /klin/ verb [I/T]
  • (MAKE NEAT)

to ​removedirt from something or make something ​neat: We need to do something to ​clean up this ​mess and then get out of there. I have to ​clean things up before the ​guestsarrive.

clean up something

phrasal verb with clean  us   /klin/ verb [I/T]
  • (REMOVE EVILS)

to ​removeillegal or ​dishonestactivity from a ​place: We need a ​mayor who is ​tough enough to clean up this ​town.
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