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 Clean.Clean and Unclean Animals. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clean (To).
 
Clean away! Scrub on, go on cleaning, etc.   1
   To clean down. To sweep down, to swill down.   2
   To clean out. To purify, to make tidy. Also, to win another’s money till his pocket is quite empty.   3
   To clean up. To wash up, to put in order.   4
   Clean, used adverbially, means entirely, wholly; as, “you have grown clean out of knowledge,” i.e. wholly beyond recognition.   5
 


 Clean.Clean and Unclean Animals. 

 
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