Definition of Housecleaning

1. Noun. (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions. "Many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"

Generic synonyms: Reform
Language type: Figure, Figure Of Speech, Image, Trope



2. Noun. The act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house. "Efficient housecleaning should proceed one room at a time"
Generic synonyms: Cleaning, Cleansing, Cleanup
Derivative terms: Houseclean

Definition of Housecleaning

1. Noun. Collectively, the tasks involved with cleaning a house; the practice of cleaning a house. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of houseclean) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Housecleaning

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Housecleaning

housebuyers
housebuying
housecall
housecalls
housecar
housecare
housecarl
housecarls
housecars
housecat
housecats
houseclean
housecleaned
housecleaner
housecleaners
housecleaning (current term)
housecleanings
housecleans
housecoat
housecoats
housecraft
housed
housedog
housedoor
housedoors
housedress
housedresses
housefather
housefathers
houseflies

Literary usage of Housecleaning

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Progressive Housekeeping: Keeping House Without Knowing How, and Knowing how by Helen Alice Matthews Nitsch (1889)
"Before us lies the necessary but uninteresting matter of housecleaning. There are very good housekeepers who say they have no housecleaning, ..."

2. A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl: Or, Margaret's Saturday Mornings by Caroline French Benton (1906)
"They found the guest-room had been finished, so they sat down there and talked. " housecleaning is very different nowadays from what it used to be," she ..."

3. School Janitors, Mothers and Health by Helen Cordelia Putnam (1913)
"April Streets and housecleaning A Chicago mother wrote me not long ago: "I have found rooms 74° and 76° and even 82°, and the teachers wearing 'peek-a-boo' ..."

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