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Housecleaning   /hˈaʊsklˌinɪŋ/   Listen

(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"
The act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house.

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"Housecleaning" Quotes from Famous Books

... in, their mother, who had been very busy through the day at housecleaning, was preparing a hasty supper, and she gave them no special attention. The family were soon seated around the supper-table. They had not been there long until Mrs. Worthington noticed that Louise was not eating. She asked the child why she did not eat, ...
— The value of a praying mother • Isabel C. Byrum

... grin and chuckle of his do get on some people's nerves. Thank goodness, I've no nerves myself. I like Dick Moore better now than I ever did when he was in his right senses—though the Lord knows that isn't saying much. I was down there one day in housecleaning time helping Leslie a bit, and I was frying doughnuts. Dick was hanging round to get one, as usual, and all at once he picked up a scalding hot one I'd just fished out and dropped it on the back of my neck when I was ...
— Anne's House of Dreams • Lucy Maud Montgomery

... strength-givers and the helpers of others. There are multitudes in the world today, there are readers of this volume, who could add a dozen or a score of years—teeming, healthy years—to their lives by a process of self-examination, a mental housecleaning, and a reconstructed, positive, ...
— The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit • Ralph Waldo Trine

... simple housecleaning," Malone said. "All open and above-board. And the confessions will certainly stand ...
— Supermind • Gordon Randall Garrett

... robin had come, so had the first bluebird and the first hand-organ man; caterpillars were beginning to crawl along the sunny side of the fence rails and everybody was housecleaning, so it was quite certain that ...
— Dew Drops, Vol. 37, No. 15, April 12, 1914 • Various

Words linked to "Housecleaning" :   image, cleansing, reform, cleanup, figure, trope, cleaning, figure of speech, houseclean

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