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clean / limpio
 
clean   [kli:n]
A. -adjective
cleaner   comparative
cleanest   superlative
1. (=not dirty)   [clothes, sheets, floor, face]   limpio   [air, water]   limpio,   puro
·he washed the floor clean
·fregó el suelo
·the rain washed the streets clean
·la lluvia limpió las calles
a. to [come] clean   (literally)   quedar limpio   (figurative)   *   confesarlo todo
·to come clean about something
*   confesar algo
b. to have clean [hands]   (literally, figurative)   tener las manos limpias
c. to [wipe] something clean =   limpiar algo
d. to make a clean breast of it   confesarlo todo
e. to make a clean sweep
(=complete change)   hacer tabla rasa
(=win everything)   arrasar
·to make a clean sweep of something
(of prizes, awards)   arrasar con algo
·to make a clean sweep of the votes
·acaparar todos los votos,   barrer
f. as clean as a whistle or new pin   *   limpio como los chorros del oro,   limpio como la patena
2. (=fresh)   [smell]   a limpio   [taste]   refrescante
3. (=new, unused)   [sheet of paper, page]   en blanco,   en limpio
·to make a clean copy
·hacer una copia en limpio
4. (=not indecent)   [joke]   inocente   [film, life]   decente
·keep it clean!
·¡no seas indecente!
·clean living
vida (f) sana
5. (=smooth, even)   [movement]   fluido   [shot]   certero   [cut]   limpio   [sound]   nounítido,   claro   [features, outline]   nounítido,   bien definido
·a clean break
(medicine)   una fractura limpia
·a clean break with the totalitarian past
·una ruptura radical con el pasado totalitario
·to make a clean break
·cortar por lo sano
·I need (to make) a clean break with the past
·necesito romper con el pasado totalmente
6. (=fair)   [fight, game, match]   limpio   [player]   que juega limpio
7. (=untarnished)   [image, reputation]   bueno,   impecable
a. they gave him a clean [bill of health] =   le declararon en perfecto estado de salud
b. a clean [driving licence] =   un carnet de conducir sin infracciones
c. to have a clean [record]   (generally)   tener un historial limpio   (no criminal record)   no tener antecedentes penales
·we have a clean safety record
·nuestro historial de seguridad está limpio or no registra incidentes
8. (=environmentally friendly)   [machine, substance, energy]   no contaminante
9. (Nuclear physics)
(=uncontaminated)   [area, person, object]   no contaminado
10. (=ritually pure)   [animal]   puro
11. (=trouble-free)   [operation, job, getaway]   sin problemas
12. **
(=innocent)
·they can't touch me, I'masculine clean
no me pueden hacer nada, tengo las manos limpias *
13. **
(=not in possession of drugs, weapon, stolen property)
·he'noun clean
·no lleva nada encima
·his room was clean
·no encontraron nada en su habitaciónoun
B. -adverb
1. *
(=completely)
·he clean forgot
·lo olvidó por completo
·he got clean away
·se escapó sin dejar rastro
·it went clean through the window
·pasó limpiamente por la ventana
·I'masculine clean out of them
·no me queda ni uno
·he jumped clean over the fence
·saltó la valla limpiamente
2. (=fairly)
·to fight/play clean
·luchar/jugar limpio
C. -noun   limpieza (f),   aseo (m) Latin America
(=wash)   lavado (m)
·the windows could do with a clean
·no estaría de masculineánoun limpiar las ventanas
·to give something a clean
·limpiar algo
·to give something a quick clean
·dar una pasada (rápida) a algo
·to give something a good clean
·limpiar algo bien
D. -transitive verb
[+room, carpet, windows, shoes]   limpiar
[+vegetables, clothes]   lavar
[+car]   lavar,   limpiar
[+blackboard]   borrar
[+wound, cut]   desinfectar
·to clean one'noun teeth
·lavarse los dientes
E. -intransitive verb
1. (around the house)   limpiar
·her mother cooked and cleaned all day
·su madre se pasaba el día cocinando y limpiando
2. (=be cleaned)
·that floor cleans easily
·este suelo es muy feminineácil de limpiar
 
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