clean off

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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