Meaning of “clean up something” in the English Dictionary

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"clean up something" in American English

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clean up something

phrasal verb with clean us /klin/ verb [ I/T ]

(MAKE NEAT)

to remove dirt 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 guests arrive.

clean up something

phrasal verb with clean us /klin/ verb [ I/T ]

(REMOVE EVILS)

to remove illegal or dishonest activity from a place:

We need a mayor who is tough enough to clean up this town.

(Definition of “clean up something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)