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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.
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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 ?
WELL, I got a good going-over in the morning from old Miss Watson on account of my clothes; but the widow she didn't scold, but only cleaned off the grease and clay, and looked so sorry that I thought I would behave awhile if I could.
Then he flattered himself that he looked like a true Briton, but the first time he had the mud cleaned off his shoes, the little bootblack knew that an American stood in them, and said, with a grin, "There yer har, sir.
Mauki grinned, between two strokes, one of which swept the forehead bare and the other of which cleaned off one side of his face.
It cleaned off using nothing more than sugar soap and a sponge.
I was once faced with a whole bathroom where the tiler grouted but never cleaned off the excess and it took me about two days to clean them up.
Shiny surfaces, for example, usually have to be sanded, cleaned off and then primed with a suitable primer to make the surface matt so the topcoat will adhere.
The plane following the flight 193 Bishkek-Osh was off the landing strip due to snow that was not cleaned off the runway.
After the gig I got well and truly "pied" with an evil-smelling concoction of cream, soft cheese and salad dressing by the rest of the band - and then cleaned off by squirting bottles of champagne.
Renfrewshire Leisure, who run the council-owned pool, said the algae was not a health danger and was being cleaned off every night.
Each is complete but un-cleaned, only the portion of the lock where the Rampant Lion logo (adopted in 1808) has been cleaned off to confirm the marking.
And once it does start to harden, you'll really have to hustle to get it cleaned off the tile and get the joints shaped before the grout turns rock hard.
Good grooming is essential for bathroom plants as their pores can get clogged with talc, which if not regularly cleaned off with a damp sponge will cause the plant to become pale and sulky.
Later, on page 66, writer Richard Deitsch describes the photo shoot behind the scenes, and there's another photo of Toscanini getting her toes cleaned off, for those who relish in a foot-long fetish.
Staffordshire Police said: 'This vehicle would have been very distinctive as it sped out of the area and we would appeal for information from anyone who may have seen it being cleaned off or parked up
The caddies had cleaned off our clubs, we'd gotten out of our spikes and the parking attendants had pulled our cars around.