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clean off

1. 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.
2. To remove some substance or objects (from something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "clean" and "off." Please clean the dust off the furniture when you have a chance. I want you to clean off all your toys from the table so we can get ready for dinner.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
"Good fella, eh?" Mauki grinned, between two strokes, one of which swept the forehead bare and the other of which cleaned off one side of his face.
And unlike those other rust preventives, EcoAir does not need to be cleaned off the mold before it can go back into production.
The graffiti has now been cleaned off the landmark structure
It cleaned off using nothing more than sugar soap and a sponge.
The corrosion inhibitors contained in the product help protect any metal that might be vulnerable to flash rust or discoloration as the graffiti is cleaned off the surface.
The renewed combing operation has been launched across the district under the NAP to apprehend the illegally settled foreign nationals - the Afghan nationals as well as those locals involved in facilitating or providing such illegal Afghan nationals the shelter or job in the district, the police sources said adding that operation clean up would continue until the district was totally cleaned off from unlawful Afghanis.
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.
28, several senior citizens, some in their 80s, banded together, shoveled around, and cleaned off all the cars in the parking lot of the Whitinsville Elderly Apartments on Chestnut Street, Whitinsville.
When they were examined, it turned out the manufacturer's preservative hadn't been cleaned off.
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.