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clean out (1)

Meaning: to clean the inside of something

For example:

  • clean out sth The nurse carefully cleaned out the cut on my foot before the doctor stitched it up.

  • clean sth out One of the pipes in the kitchen is blocked so we need to get a plumber in to clean it out.

  • clean sth out of sth A couple of times a year I get on the roof and clean the dead leaves out of the gutters.

Quick Quiz:

One of his jobs at the zoo was cleaning out
  1. the elephants' trunks
  2. the monkeys' cages
  3. the visitors' pockets

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