Are you looking for some useful clean idioms?
In this post, we are going to look at 29 clean idioms and sayings that you can use in your daily conversations.
29 Clean Idioms And Sayings (Meaning & Examples)
1. To Be As Clean As A Hound’s Tooth
- Meaning: to be very clean.
- Use In A Sentence: Wow, I am impressed. Your room is as clean as a hound’s tooth.
2. To Have A Clean Conscience
- Meaning: to have no feelings of guilt over something.
- Synonyms: To have a clear conscience.
- Use In A Sentence: After thinking about it some more, I know I didn’t do anything wrong. It was his fault. Thanks for listening. Talking about it really helped me to have a clean conscience on the matter.
3. To Make A Clean Break
- Meaning: a complete separation from someone or something with no hope of returning. It could refer to leaving a relationship, an organization, way of life, job, etc.
- Use In A Sentence: Jessica seems much happier after she decided to make a clean break from Jared.
4. A New Broom Sweeps Clean
- Meaning: a new leader will bring a fresh perspective, get rid of the old and bring in some new ideas that will be beneficial.
- Use In A Sentence: I am glad to hear we are getting a new manager. Hopefully, he will make the much-needed changes. After all, a new broom sweeps clean.
5. To Be Cleaned Out
- Meaning: to have no money.
- Use In A Sentence: I would borrow you some money, but your brother already cleaned me out. I will have to wait until my next paycheck.
6. To Clean One’s Plate
- Meaning: to eat all the food that is on one’s plate.
- Use In A Sentence: You can go back to playing video games once you clean your plate.
7. To Clean Someone’s Clock
- Meaning: to beat someone up.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t know if I would challenge Mark. He is much bigger than you and he will surely be able to clean your clock if he doesn’t like what you say.
8. To Be Clean As A New Pin
- Meaning: to be very clean, tidy, neat.
- Use In A Sentence: When I walked into his new place, I was shocked. It was as clean as a new pin.
9. To Have A Clean Bill Of Health
- Meaning: a written or an oral report that states a person is doing well physically.
- Use In A Sentence: After being anxious about the test results, Mary was relieved to receive a clean bill of health.
10. To Have Clean Hands
- Meaning: to be innocent.
- Use In A Sentence: George, look at me, my hands are clean. I had nothing to do with the robbery.
11. To Clean One’s Act Up
- Meaning: to improve one’s behavior.
- Use In A Sentence: It is nice to see that Jim finally decided to clean his act up and give up smoking.
12. A Clean Slate
- Meaning: an opportunity to start over without a record of one’s past mistakes.
- Use In A Sentence: I know we have had our differences in the past, and we have said things we don’t mean, but can we start over with a clean slate?
13. To Clean The Floor With Someone
- Meaning: to beat someone up.
- Use In A Sentence: I’d be careful what you say around Keith. Keith is much bigger than you and could surely clean the floor with you if he wanted.
14. To Clean Up Nicely
- Meaning: used to describe a person who you normally see in work clothes. They are casual, dirty, unkempt. Then when you see them in dress clothes or well-groomed, they look like a different person.
- Use In A Sentence: Who is that guy in the suit and tie? It is Steve. Wow, he cleans up nicely.
15. To Come Clean About Something
- Meaning: to admit to doing something. It is usually something that initially a person tried to hide from others.
- Use In A Sentence: My conscience has been bothering me for a while now. I need to come clean about what really happened last week.
16. To Keep A Clean Sheet
- Meaning: to prevent the opposite team from scoring. You often hear this expression used in soccer matches.
- Use In A Sentence: I think if they start the pro goalie they will keep a clean sheet tonight.
17. To Keep One’s Nose Clean
- Meaning: to behave. To stay out of trouble.
- Use In A Sentence: Mom told Brian he better keep his nose clean or else he will be grounded for a month.
18. To Make A Clean Breast Of Something
- Meaning: to confess your mistakes or wrongdoings. To tell the whole truth about something that you did.
- Use In A Sentence: John decided to make a clean breast of it and tell his parents what really happened.
19. To Show Someone A Clean Pair Of Heels
- Meaning: to run away from someone very quickly.
- Use In A Sentence: He showed the police a clean pair of heels as he ran down the deserted street.
20. So Clean That A Person Could Eat Off The Floor
- Meaning: an expression used to describe something that is very clean.
- Use In A Sentence: Her house is so clean that you could eat off the floor.
21. To Clean One’s Plow
- Meaning: to beat someone up.
- Use In A Sentence: It looks like someone really cleaned Brian’s plow last night. He woke up with a broken rib and a black eye.
22. To Be Clean As A Whistle
- Meaning: to be extremely clean, tidy, and/or neat.
- Use In A Sentence: I am going to spend the rest of the day cleaning my house. It needs to be clean as a whistle before George and Kathleen come to visit.
23. Clean Code
- Meaning: code that is used for computer programming that is written in an organized way so that it is easily understood by others.
- Use In A Sentence: You need to talk to the other computer programmers. I can’t read this code. Please tell them to write clean code.
- Meaning: to be well-groomed.
- Use In A Sentence: Barbara used to go for the bad boy type, but recently she has been going after guys who are clean-cut.
25. To Make A Clean Sweep
- Meaning #1: to win very easily or by a large margin.
- Use In A Sentence: My football team made a clean sweep last night, 27-0.
- Meaning #2: to win all the available prizes.
- Use In A Sentence: He made a clean sweep. He won all three trophies in his division.
- Meaning #3: to make big changes in an organization by removing what is not wanted and starting over.
- Use In A Sentence: The first change I want to make as the new owner is to make a clean sweep of the current management system.
26. To Pick Something Clean
- Meaning: To remove everything from something.
- Use In A Sentence: The boys must have been hungry. They picked the bones clean.
27. To Wipe The Slate Clean
- Meaning: to forget one’s past mistakes and start over.
- Use In A Sentence: I just hope that I can wipe the slate clean and start over again.
28. To Clean House
- Meaning #1: to remove a group of people in an organization that is causing problems.
- Use In A Sentence: After a horrible losing season, the general manager decided to clean house and remove the entire offensive coaching staff.
- Meaning #2: to give someone a beating.
- Use In A Sentence: Be careful not to threaten Billy or else he will clean your house.
29. To Be Taken To The Cleaners By Someone
- Meaning: to swindle someone. To take someone’s money in a deceitful manner.
- Use In A Sentence: The con artists took Bob and Norma to the cleaners telling them they need a new roof.
There you have it! 29 clean idioms! Did we miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.