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1. The cleaning and tidying of a house and its contents.
2. Informal Removal of unwanted personnel, methods, or policies in an effort at reform or improvement.

house′clean′ v.
house′clean′er n.


n limpiador -ra mf (de casas), doméstico -ca mf
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I worked in retail in high school, as a housecleaner, hostess/waitress at a restaurant, and at a daycare while in college.
It tasted weird, a little bit like a housecleaner thing" - Tennis star Serena Williams (pictured), who was sick after sampling some gourmet dog food for her pet.
Dubai: A housecleaner has been accused of stealing a schoolteacher's ring worth Dh120,000 from a flat that she was hired to clean.
Without a cedula, the only kind of job she could get was as an under-the-table part-time housecleaner.
Catherine's occasional work as a housecleaner in the MacDougall home, where "everything is so shiny" because it is "upwind from the pit" (Lill 24), underlines the role cleanliness symbolically plays in their differential status, as do the many toilet allusions throughout the play and film.
It helps if you're a mom living on the Upper East Side who has a babysitter, a housecleaner, and a husband who's a private equities trader--facts Rubin carefully dances around in her books.
Gosia's ironic voice chronicles her shock at finding her mother reduced to being a housecleaner in Canada, living with a partner who finds the children a nuisance and who constantly bores Gosia with stories of his Polish ancestry.
Two years later, Turing's housecleaner found him dead in bed, a partly eaten apple at his bedside.
It's been 10 years since I was a mover and packer for a moving company, and only slightly less since I worked ridiculously long hours as a waitress and housecleaner.
She worked as a housecleaner, postmaster and owned a grocery store.
For Stotland, a researcher with the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the story includes where patients live and work--for instance, if they have jobs where they must use solvents, say, as a housecleaner or working at a dry cleaners or in a nail salon.
163) For example, she might buy medicine and groceries for her elderly aunt; she might provide a holiday bonus to her building staff and housecleaner (or perhaps even pay them at "family wage" levels sufficient to support their own non-earning spouses); she might buy school supplies for a niece and nephew; or she might support a local soup kitchen that provides free meals to people in poverty.