Vocabulary Expressions Related To Housework

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Learn vocabulary expressions related to housework. Spick and span meaning. Clean in every nook and cranny meaning. Learn popular English idioms and phrasal verbs and improve your speaking skills.

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Vocabulary expressions related to housework

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to clean from top to bottom

Meaning: to do a total overall cleaning of your house or apartment

Example: 

The weather forecast for this weekend is really bad, so we’re going to clean this house from top to bottom.

spick and span

Meaning: everything should be shining bright and look like new, even if it isn’t

The meaning of this idiom goes back to the Middle Ages. Spick has a reference to a spike, which is quite shiny, and span meaning brand new.

Example: 

The house looks really wonderful, everything is so spick and span.

Vocabulary expressions related to housework

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neat and tidy

It’s a fixed expression, you can’t say tidy and neat.

Meaning: organised and clean

Examples:

We’re going to clean the house. When we’re finished, everything is going to be neat and tidy.

Your granny is coming. I want you to clean your room, I want it to be neat and tidy. Do you know what she is like?

to clean in every nook and cranny

Meaning: clean really thoroughly, in every corner, even that smallest corner under the bed that you can’t reach

Example:

Every room in the house was deeply cleaned in every nook and cranny.

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Vocabulary expressions related to housework

in need of spit and polish

Meaning: in need of good cleaning; spit and polish was an old way of cleaning things without using modern sprays and detergents, with just your saliva

Example:

The old car was in perfect condition but was desperately in need of spit and polish.

to brush away

Meaning: to get rid of the cobwebs, dirt, dust, food crumbs, etc

Example:

She looked around for something to brush away the glass on the floor.

brush away the cobwebs

Meaning 1: clear away the cobwebs in the corners

Meaning 2: to make you feel more energetic and lively, for example, when you’re feeling tired after a late night, or a few busy days at work

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to sweep up

Meaning: to get all the bits and pieces that are on the floor into a dustpan

Example:

If we drop a glass out of the dishwasher on the floor, and it breaks into a thousand pieces, we have to brush away the pieces and sweep them up.

We can also use to brush up with a similar meaning

to get rid of

Meaning: to throw away something that you don’t want or need

Examples:

We don’t need these old newspapers anymore, please get rid of them.

If you want to get rid of your old clothes, you can bring them to the clothing bank.

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Vocabulary expressions related to housework

to hang out (the washing)

Meaning: to hang wet washed clothes outside to dry

Example:

In between washes, you can hang out your jeans to freshen them and reduce any odour.

to hang out

to spend time with your friends

Example:

I like hanging out with my friends at the weekend.

to do the spring cleaning/to spring clean

Meaning: to clean something very thoroughly (your house, your car, computer files, etc)

Example:

I did a spring cleaning of my car last weekend.

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