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clean off

To rid a surface of dirt, grime, or objects. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clean" and "off." Just clean off the desk and stack those books over here. Get me a sponge so I can clean this sticky table off.
See also: clean, off

clean something off

 and clean something off something
to take something off something; to remove something such as dirt or dirty dishes. Please clean the table off and put the dishes in the kitchen. I'll clean off the table. Judy cleaned the writing off the wall.
See also: clean, off
References in classic literature ?
Meantime Jurgis, who was of a practical temper, was helping himself at the bar; and the first policeman, who had laid out his man, joined him, handing out several more bottles, and filling his pockets besides, and then, as he started to leave, cleaning off all the balance with a sweep of his club.
The video uploaded by art dealer and host of documentary show 'Fake or Fortune' showed an art restoration expert at work in cleaning off old paint varnish.
A field commander said in a press statement in one point near the Iraqi borders "upon the directives of the General command of the army and armed forces to liberate every span of the Syrian territories from the remnants of terrorists, the army units have carried out the first phase of liberating and cleaning off al-Badyah from all terrorists.
1 Prep for painting typically means filling, sanding, cleaning off and perhaps even repeating the process until the surface is as perfect as you can get it.
During the statement, Lowery claimed that Stein had pushed her to a breaking point, at which she snapped and bludgeoned the victim in the head with a three-foot-long yoga stick, before cleaning off the murder weapon and leaving the scene.
TWO teenagers spent a cold and grey morning cleaning off graffiti after CCTV cameras caught them spray painting in Atherstone.
Lift gladioli corms carefully, cleaning off any soil, for storage.
When the stems of garlic are dry and papery, prepare them for storage by cleaning off the outer skins and leaving enough skin to hold the cloves together.
They are then given the job of cleaning off graffiti, or painting it over, to brighten up the area.
I've personally had trouble cleaning off my plate on two occasions here.
CryoKinetics' patented, abrasive belt cleaning system, which utilizes dry ice technology, allows cleaning off abrasive belts right on the widebelt sander, even while running production.
Mr Wolfensohn said "it tastes good" before cleaning off the pie.
Dating some artifacts is as easy as carefully cleaning off corrosion (see sidebar, p.
He cited one study conducted about 25 years ago that showed wooden cutting boards were at least as good as plastic when it comes to cleaning off microbial contamination.
Let them get well bent over then lift them gently out of the ground before carefully cleaning off the loose outer leaves on the bulb.