clean off


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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 ?
Then, the chopping recommenced, and a variety of fancy chops were administered on both sides; such as chops dealt with the left hand, and under the leg, and over the right shoulder, and over the left; and when the short sailor made a vigorous cut at the tall sailor's legs, which would have shaved them clean off if it had taken effect, the tall sailor jumped over the short sailor's sword, wherefore to balance the matter, and make it all fair, the tall sailor administered the same cut, and the short sailor jumped over HIS sword.
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.
Everyone has trodden in smelly dog dirt and knows for sure how difficult it really is to clean off.
Clean your tools: Clean off tools with soap and water and use mineral spirits on wood handles.
Chen said that when he felt the shears starting to cut into his finger, he tried to put it away, but in the process the finger was ripped clean off his hand.
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 was ripped clean off in a collision with a railway bridge in Birmingham.
THE roof of a double-decker bus has been ripped clean off in a collision with a railway bridge yesterday.
You just clean the markings with the cleaner, rub in some of the powder with a patch moistened with the sealer, and then clean off the excess powder.
"They went for the wee boy and tore the clothing clean off his back."
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.
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.