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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.
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]
clean houseeliminate corruption or inefficiency. North American
clean ˈhouse(American English) remove people or things that are not necessary or wanted: The new manager said he wanted to clean house.
To eliminate or discard what is undesirable: The scandal forced the company to clean house.