clean up

This page is about the phrasal verb clean up.

Meaning: to make something clean and tidy

Synonym: tidy up, clear up

For example:

  • clean up sth You're not going anywhere until you've cleaned up your bedroom. It's a mess!

  • clean sth up Could whoever dropped food on the floor please go and clean it up?

Nouns often used as objects with clean up: house, room, kitchen, bedroom, mess, spilled drink

Quick Quiz:

I'm teaching my children to be responsible by making them do things such as cleaning up

a. any mess they make

b. their friend's bedrooms

c. their teeth

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Contributor: Matt Errey