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clean house

1. To rid a group or organization of the people or policies that are deemed to be troublesome or lacking. After five losing seasons, the owner cleaned house, firing the team's general manager and the entire coaching staff.
2. To strike one violently. If you humiliate me like this again, I'll clean house on you.
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clean house

1. Wipe out corruption or inefficiency, as in It's time the Republican Party cleaned house. This usage is most often applied to an organization. [Slang; c. 1900]
2. Punish, give a beating, as in Whenever he was drunk he threatened to clean house on one and all. [Slang; c. 1900]
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clean house

eliminate corruption or inefficiency. North American
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clean ˈhouse

(American English) remove people or things that are not necessary or wanted: The new manager said he wanted to clean house.
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clean house

Slang
To eliminate or discard what is undesirable: The scandal forced the company to clean house.
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In other words, despite its ostensibly tight focus on domesticity, including mundane matters like tidiness, Clean House grapples with profound existential questions.
Although Clean House, Clean Planet focuses mainly on solutions and recipes for nontoxic cleaning, scientific research throughout the book illustrates the dangers of cleaning chemicals and the companies that push them into household products.
If Democrats fail in their promise to clean house, they can expect the same fate.
Study spokesman Nick Smith said: "Three in five homeowners told us having a clean house is still important to them.
Eagle Chairman Meyer Berman stated, "We have had to spend a great deal of energy and money to support Eagle's Salinas Project and clean house with respect to all of the haphazard promises made by the former management.
True reform cannot be done unless you start all over again, with a clean house.
The last time I took it, I had a very clean house and I wrote the song Star Wars on my new album.
Said Phillips: "Equifax needs to clean house, give back the illicit profits, pay any fines, apologize, and get this behind them.
An ambitious woman was defined by her ability to keep a clean house and cook at the same time.
They sent me to California to clean house,'' he said.
Ethics has already become the top issue in the 2005 mayoral race, with opponents blasting Hahn's record and Hahn promising to clean house.
Robert ``Bud'' Ovrom, the former Burbank city manager who has run the CRA for just two years, requested the investigation in his effort to clean house at the agency.
Now, we need to clean house in Sacramento, and our local politico havens.