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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 ?
A very severe round follows, in which Tom gets out and out the worst of it, and is at last hit clean off his legs, and deposited on the grass by a right-hander from the Slogger.
To improve matters your old lad is likely to require dental work under anaesthetic to remove teeth that are beyond help, and to clean off accumulated tartar.
THE roof of a double-decker bus has been ripped clean off in a collision with a railway bridge yesterday.
THE roof of a double-decker bus was ripped clean off in a collision with a railway bridge in Birmingham.
They went for the wee boy and tore the clothing clean off his back.
Dulux's Diamond technology means it's 10 times tougher than Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt, so if the walls get marked, the marks should clean off without taking the paint with them, time and time again.
Once the crack is filled, the dark gap will be less noticeable and you might not need to paint it if you clean off any excess filler.
This white paint is nicer to use and less messy than knotting solution and because it's water based, it dries quickly and is easy to clean off anything it shouldn't be on.
Cut them clean off with a nice sharp pair of secateurs.
Please take the time to clean off your entire vehicle, not just two peepholes for you to see through.
Clean off all the soap scum or the bond might fail.
The victim, in her 60s, suffered a head injury when a gust blew the metal-framed roof of the stall in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, clean off.
Clean off dried or decomposing grass from your lawnmower, which sets solid in difficult-toreach places.
Cut back the tops to only about three inches and clean off dead leaf debris.
Melbourne, September 23 (ANI): A python lifted a man in Australia clean off the ground while he was trying to capture it.