a good report from the doctor, a good checkup You'll never get a clean bill of health if you eat fat meat!
a new broom sweeps clean
an employee works hard on the first day or two, make a good impression "After my first day working for Grandfather, he said, ""A new broom sweeps clean."""
A new broom sweeps clean.
A newly-appointed person makes changes energetically.
as clean as a whistle
without any dirt or marks, smooth and clean The hen squeezed, and out popped an egg as clean as a whistle.
bend over backward|backward|bend|bend over|lean|le
v. phr., informal To try so hard to avoid a mistake that you make the opposite mistake instead; do the opposite of something that you know you should not do; do too much to avoid doing the wrong thing; also, make a great effort; try very hard. Instead of punishing the boys for breaking a new rule, the principal bent over backward to explain why the rule was important.Mary was afraid the girls at her new school would be stuck up, but they leaned over backward to make her feel at home. Compare: GO OUT OF ONE'S WAY.
having no drugs, weapons or illicit goods on one's person;"You can't arrest me officer, I'm clean!"
tidy, clean "Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside."
clean as a whistle
Idiom(s): (as) clean as a whistle
very clean. • The wound isn't infected. It's clean as a whistle. • I thought the car would be filthy, but it was as clean as a whistle.
clean bill of health
(See a clean bill of health)
clean bill of health|bill|clean|health
n. phr. 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country. 2. informal A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. The stranger was suspected in the bank robbery, but the police gave him a clean bill of health.
If you make a clean break, you break away completely from something.
n. phr. A complete separation. Tom made a clean break with his former girlfriends before marrying Pamela.
well groomed, clean, neat We're looking for clean-cut boys to work as waiters.
Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
clean hands, have
clean hands, have Be innocent or guiltless, as in John's got clean hands; he had nothing to do with it. It is sometimes worded as one's hands are clean, meaning “one has done nothing wrong,” as in Don't look at me—my hands are clean. This metaphor for freedom from wrongdoing dates back to at least 1600.
n. phr., slang Freedom from guilt or dishonesty; innocence. John grew up in a bad neighborhood, but he grew up with clean hands.There was much proof against Bill, but he swore he had clean hands.
clean house 1) Wipe out corruption or inefficiency, as in It's time the Republican Party cleaned house. This usage is most often applied to an organization. [Slang; c. 1900] 2) Punish, give a beating, as in Whenever he was drunk he threatened to clean house on one and all. [Slang; c. 1900]
clean me out
buy all I have, steal everything I own The thieves cleaned us out. They took everything in our house.
1．tidy or clean thoroughly；get rid of使洁净；清除 She asked the children to clean out their drawers．她要孩子们把抽屉清理干净。 2．render bankrupt；leave sb．without money 使破产；使…失去钱财 He hasn't got a penny．He is quite cleaned out．他一文不名，完全破产了。 We played cards and he cleaned me out．我们玩了纸牌，他把我的钱全赢去了。
v. 1. slang To take everything from; empty; strip. George's friends cleaned him out when they were playing cards last night.The sudden demand for paper plates soon cleaned out the stores. 2. informal To get rid of; remove; dismiss. The new mayor promised to clean the crooks out of the city government.
When someone has a clean sheet, they have got no criminal record or problems affecting their reputation. In football and other sports, a goalkeeper has a clean sheet when let no goals in.
If you start something with a clean slate, then nothing bad from your past is taken into account.
n. phr. A record of nothing but good conduct, without any errors or bad deeds; past acts that are all good without any bad ones. Johnny was sent to the principal for whispering. He had a clean slate so the principal did not punish him.Mary stayed after school for a week, and after that the teacher let her off with a clean slate. Compare: TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.
clean someone's clock
clean someone's clock Beat, thrash, or defeat someone decisively, as in He's much bigger than you and could easily clean your clock. This term originated in the military. The use of clock is unclear but possibly alludes to hitting someone in the face (for “clockface”). [Slang; mid-1900s]
If someone makes a clean sweep, they win absolutely everything in a competition or contest.
n. phr. A complete victory. Our candidate for the United States Senate made a clean sweep over his opponent.
make a lot of money, make a big profit I cleaned up at the horse races last year and still have some of the money left.
clean up on
defeat, beat, whip you, wipe you Little Chad cleaned up on big Clint. Chad is quite a fighter.
clean up one's act
Idiom(s): clean up one's act
Theme: BEHAVIOR - CHANGE
to reform one's conduct; to improve one's performance. (Informal. Originally referred to polishing one's stage performance.) • Since Sally cleaned her act up, she has become very productive. • If you don't clean up your act, you'll be sent home.
clean up your act
do it better, do it legally, get your act together I've missed classes, failed tests. I need to clean up my act.
clean up your plate
finish eating all the food on your plate, eat it up You may leave the table after you've cleaned up your plate.
v. phr. 1. To wash and make oneself presentable. After quitting for the day in the garage, Tim decided to clean up and put on a clean shirt. 2. To finish; terminate. The secretary promised her boss to clean up all the unfinished work before leaving on her Florida vacation. 3. informal To make a large profit. The clever investors cleaned up on the stock market last week.
Clean your clock
If you clean your clock, you beat someone decisively in a contest or fight.
n. 1. An act of removing all the dirt from a given set of objects. What this filthy room needs is an honest clean-up. 2. The elimination of pockets of resistance during warfare or a police raid. The FBI conducted a clean-up against the drug pushers in our district.
cleaner take to the cleaners â Slang to take all the money of
cleanliness is next to godliness
cleanliness is next to godliness Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness, as in Don't forget to wash your ears—cleanliness is next to godliness. This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. It is still invoked, often as an admonition to wash or clean up.
Cleanliness is next to godliness.
A clean body is just as important as a pure soul.
tell the truth, admit everything, own up The police asked him to come clean about the money - to tell them everything he knew.
v. phr., slang To tell all; tell the whole story; confess. The boy suspected of stealing the watch came clean after long questioning.
Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.
Galilean the Galilean Jesus
1. the way a person drives where they lean over to the passenger seat and get really low 2. the heaven where gangsters end up, when a homie dies, you pour out a little liquor or lean the bottle over to spill liquor:"This is for my homies kickin' it in the Gangsta Lean" -- DRS (Gangsta Lean )
get a clean bill of health
Idiom(s): get a clean bill of health
[for someone] to be pronounced healthy by a physician. • Sally got a clean bill of health from the doctor. • Now that Sally has a clean bill of health, she can go back to work.
give sb a clean bill of health
Idiom(s): give sb a clean bill of health
[for a doctor] to pronounce someone well and healthy. • The doctor gave Sally a clean bill of health. • I had hoped to be given a clean bill of health, but there was something wrong with my blood test results.
have a clean conscience about
Idiom(s): have a clear conscience (about sb or sth) AND have a clean conscience (about someone or sth)
to be free of guilt about someone or something. • I'm sorry that John got the blame. I have a clean conscience about the whole affair. • I have a clear conscience about John and his problems. • I didn't do it. I have a clean conscience. • She can't sleep at night because she doesn't have a clear conscience.
have clean hands
Idiom(s): have clean hands
to be guiltless. (As if the guilty person would have bloody hands.) • Don't look at me. I have clean hands. • The police took him in, but let him go again because he had clean hands.
keep one's nose clean
Idiom(s): keep one's nose clean
to keep out of trouble, especially trouble with the law. (Slang.) • I'm trying to keep my nose clean by staying away from those rough guys. • John, if you don't learn how to keep your nose clean, you're going to end up in jail.
keep one's nose clean|clean|keep|nose
v. phr., slang To stay out of trouble; do only what you should do. The boss said Jim could have the job as long as he kept his nose clean and worked hard.The policeman warned the boys to keep their noses clean unless they wanted to go to jail. Compare: STEER CLEAR OF2.
keep your nose clean
stay out of trouble, toe the line Keep your nose clean, and you'll get out of prison sooner.