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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.


(ˈhaʊsˌkli nɪŋ)

1. the thorough cleaning of a house or apartment and its furnishings.
2. the reforming of an organization, system, or the like by eliminating personnel or revising methods of operation.
house′clean`, v.t., v.i.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housecleaning - (figurative) the act of reforming by the removal of unwanted personnel or practices or conditions; "more housecleaning is in store at other accounting firms"; "many employees were discharged in a general housecleaning by the new owners"
reform - a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts"
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
2.housecleaning - the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house; "efficient housecleaning should proceed one room at a time"
cleaning, cleansing, cleanup - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"


Informal. A thorough or drastic reorganization:


[ˈhaʊsˈkliːnɪŋ] Nlimpieza f de la casa
References in classic literature ?
I was down there one day in housecleaning time helping Leslie a bit, and I was frying doughnuts.