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English verb: clean up

1. clean up (change) put (things or places) in order

SamplesTidy up your room!.

Synonymsneaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy, tidy up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

Narrower (hyponym)clean, clean house, houseclean, make, make up

2. clean up (possession) make a big profit; often in a short period of time

SamplesThe investor really cleaned up when the stock market went up.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)profit, turn a profit

3. clean up (possession) dispose of

SamplesSettle the bills.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)settle

4. clean up (body) make oneself clean, presentable or neat

SamplesClean up before you go to the party.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

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