Phrases with "cleaned"

The man who fired this, remembering the fact, cleaned the barrel, but forgot the cylinder. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle When I’m cleaned out I go upon tramp, partly in the hope of picking up the price of a dram, and partly in order to look for you. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

He cleaned his fingers as best he could in the cold water from the tap and went back into the other room. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

During the six weeks she had been working, she had saved the seven francs for the shawl, and the two and a half francs for the cap; the dress was an old one cleaned and made up afresh. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sir Walter Scott I saw him come through the hall; and, if he was not cleaned out of cross and pile, I never saw a ruined man in my life. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had made love to Stella as he might attack some matter to be cleaned up hurriedly before the day’s end. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Daniel Defoe Having cleaned his Ship, and put all Things in Order, his Thoughts now were turned upon the main Business, viz. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

And not too soon either, for I’m cleaned out, and food is precious hard to come by if you don’t care to go shopping for it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

H. G. Wells He polished and cleaned it until the metal parts were blinding in the sun. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Andrew Lang Anyhow at the end of three days she could do everything as well as if she had cleaned pots and swept rooms all her life. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant The conclusion arrived at was that the two youngsters must imprudently have eaten from some carelessly cleaned receptacle. Moiron by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Andrew Lang To polish old bindings, “take the yolk of an egg, beat it up with a fork, apply it with a sponge, having first cleaned the leather with a dry flannel. The Library by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens They are covered with mud from the roof to the wheel-tire, and have never been cleaned since they were first built. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Sinclair Lewis He took new flasks, cleaned them, plugged them with cotton, and placed them in the hot-air oven to sterilize. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Margaret Oliphant But when she came back, the mother and son were no longer in the bright hall with its newly cleaned wainscot and whitened floor. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She cleaned that part of the house I use and saw to my midday meal. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

George Eliot But ye might do, wi’ a bit o’ showin’; for ye’re a stirrin’ body in a mornin’, an’ ye’ve a light heel, an’ ye’ve cleaned th’ house well enough for a ma’shift. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling For the rest — Kim giggled here as he cleaned his teeth — his hostess would rather heighten the enjoyment of the road. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton And last night I went back to try and recoup, and come to you with the cash in my pocket; and I struck my first run of bad luck, and got cleaned out. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The arrastres and all the amalgamating apparatus is cleaned up once a month. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

D. H. Lawrence He took some long straws, cleaned them, and showed her the way to hold them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry David Thoreau My bricks, being second-hand ones, required to be cleaned with a trowel, so that I learned more than usual of the qualities of bricks and trowels. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The forests and “spots of greenery” referred to by Coleridge would be cleaned up to make way for glass-covered tennis courts, a bandstand, a roller-skating rink and perhaps a ninehole golf course. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The grass about it and the moss upon the stone assist in doing this, although repeatedly cut and cleaned away. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Jack London When I had finished washing the dishes, I cleaned the cabin stove and carried the ashes up on deck to empty them. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence When the logs were all in, the two cleaned their boots noisily on the scraper outside, then rubbed them on the mat. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

But first they cleaned themselves as well as they could of the pulpy fungoids with which they were both plastered; Jones from head-to foot. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassant Then, trembling with fury, she threw herself on the paralytic, showering on him blows such as those with which she cleaned her linen on the seashore. Toine by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Hadn’t he heard it said at the time of the Travancore and Deccan smash that poor Whalley had been cleaned out completely. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then she hadn’t so much as a darned stocking or a cleaned pair of gloves in all her wardrobe. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Louisa May Alcott You are a dear to lend me yours, Jo. I feel so rich and sort of elegant, with two new pairs, and the old ones cleaned up for common. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Willa Cather They are quickly cleaned again. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Rudyard Kipling Gisborne cleaned his own guns and kept no dog. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Rudyard Kipling She’s by Dobbs. She’s done her hundred and fifty miles today; and she’ll run in to Rampore Haut this afternoon; then she’ll rest a day and be cleaned up. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

This basin would be of some size were it cleaned out; we could not tell what depth it was, as it is now almost entirely filled with the debris of ages. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Rudyard Kipling Yet the Spanishers was going to prayers with their bells and candles before we’d cleaned out the ANTONY. Twenty-two ton o’ useful stuff I’d fetched him. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

He changed his boots for a pair of rubber shoes, he buckled a small hunting knife to his belt, and carefully cleaned and oiled the little automatic that was always on his hip. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

You couldn’t get the flavour of anything properly unless you cleaned your palate between times. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Thomas Hardy In the rear of the van was a glass window, which she cleaned with her pocket-handkerchief every market-day before starting. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

They are placed on mats, and are either trodden with the feet or rubbed by the hands to separate them from the spike, after which they are cleaned by winnowing. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

She told the woman who cleaned that she had never dreamed there were such children anywhere. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

John Lewis Burckhard Though narrow, it is the neatest street in the town, being regularly cleaned and sprinkled with water, which is not the case with any of the others. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Elizabeth Gaskell In the back-kitchen Dolly Reid, Sylvia’s assistant during her mother’s absence, chanted a lugubrious ditty, befitting her condition as a widow, while she cleaned tins, and cans, and milking-pails. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle He kept the key in his pocket, made his own bed, cleaned it himself, and allowed no other foot to cross the threshold. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

George MacDonald I cleaned window after window. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Leon Trotsky The grain is cleaned there and made ready for the market. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Then, when bad company had cleaned me out, I should have some to travel back with, said she. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The up-to-date ghost keeps his skeleton in a garage or some place where it is cleaned and oiled and kept in good working order. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

She knew because she used to rebuckle them so as to keep the straps from banging about when she cleaned them. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Henry Handel Richardson And when at last May came to join them — she had gargled her throat and cleaned her nails (just as if she was going to a party)— the rumpus began. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

You told me once that you had a woman — a girl — from the farm, who came in one day a week and cleaned for you. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Leo Tolstoy He washed his hands and face in a leisurely fashion, cleaned and manicured his nails, pushed back the skin with the towel, and sponged his stout white body from head to foot. There are No Guilty People by Leo Tolstoy

He would have sharpened his master’s rapier for a duel as coolly as he cleaned his boots. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. F. Benson We carried this indoors and cleaned the earth from it. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

Jack London Carefully, with my hands, I cleaned out the salt water from every slight hole, in the hope that succeeding showers of rain might fill them with water that I could drink. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

D. H. Lawrence These he cleaned with his hand, till each one gleamed like a stalk of gold, after which he cut the straws into lengths of about six inches, leaving, if he could, a notch at the bottom of each piece. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She sent the roque-laure away to be cleaned and lent her one of her best shawls out of her own wardrobe. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Nearly the whole of the free gold is caught by the mercury, for which it has a great affinity, and accumulates as amalgam on the copper plates, from which it is cleaned off every twelve hours. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Rudyard Kipling None the less are the Chinese passengers daily put under hatches or its equivalent after they leave port, and daily is the stand of loaded Sniders in the cabin inspected and cleaned up. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I cleaned myself up, got back to land, and joined my ship without a soul having a suspicion of what had passed. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Thomas Hardy Meanwhile the door had opened again, and there shuffled in with a businesslike air the white-aproned woman who cleaned the church. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Algernon Blackwood While the young Scotchman cleaned the fish they had caught trolling behind the canoe, Défago “guessed” he would “jest as soon” take a turn through the Bush for indications of moose. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Wilkie Collins I looked closer, and saw that it had been cleanedrecently cleaned, in a downward direction from top to bottom. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

While she bathed and dressed, he cleaned the house. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Our father was in the doorway, white as a cleaned stone. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

William Makepeace Thackeray He described how he cleaned the knives when they were first married; and how he used to drag the children in a little cart; how his wife could toss pancakes; and what parts of his dress she made. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Miles Franklin Jimmy, seeing he was worsted, ceased his uproar, cleaned his copy-book on his sleeve, and sheepishly went on with his writing. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

That fellow has cleaned the deafness all out of Washington County a dozen times. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Did you ever know a woman who cleaned a pistol? No. They can fire them, and do; but after firing them, they do not clean them. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith He picked it up miry and cleaned it, observing that his honour was pledged to this fellow. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope The servants, down to the girl in the scullery and the boy who cleaned the boots, were made aware that master and mistress were both determined to keep their married daughter a prisoner in the house. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Having cleaned his teeth, put in his plate, and brushed his hair, Soames went into the adjoining room and told Annette she would be late. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling He picked it out with the forceps, cleaned it, and it healed. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Rudyard Kipling We lit three matches one by another, well’s we could in the rain, an’ he cleaned off some o’ the slob with a tussick o’ grass. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Swept the corners, cleaned the floors, stopped the doors from creaking, ridden pillion with David to Penrith and Kendal to buy a chair, a table, and even, miraculously, a harpsichord. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I also emptied some more laudanum into Simon’s glass — having first removed from it all traces of winecleaned the other wine-glass, and brought the bottles away with me. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Put it down, and when she’s gone it can be cleaned or burnt. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arthur Morrison Hit on the head an’ cleaned out, like many a score better men before him, down these parts. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Gertrude Stein He did everything for us, he cleaned our home, he cleaned our chimneys, he got us in and he got us out and on dark nights when Zeppelins came it was comfortable to know that he was somewhere outside. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Jules Verne Robert clapped his hands at the idea, so they took Thalcave’s powder flask, cleaned the revolvers and loaded them with small shot, and set off. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Oscar Wilde At six o’clock we cleaned our cells, At seven all was still, But the sough and swing of a mighty wing The prison seemed to fill, For the Lord of Death with icy breath Had entered in to kill. The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde [1898]

Leon Trotsky Ivan Vasilyevich cleaned it, glued it, polished it, found new strings, and put them in and tuned them. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Algernon Blackwood His being, cleaned and sensitized by pure grandeur, “felt” people — for a time at any rate — with an uncommon sharpness of receptive judgment. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Between them, in the sun-shotten shade, lie the quiet streets, whose gravelled stretch is probably never cleaned because it never needs cleaning. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Katherine Mansfield That shocked and terrified Andreas. He dashed into the bathroom, turned on both taps as far as they would go, cleaned his teeth and pared his nails while the water was running. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Then, too, as we cleaned them while they were staked out, we were obliged to kneel down upon them, which always gives beginners the back-ache. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The man who settled the Indians. The man who cleaned out the horse thieves. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

William Makepeace Thackeray His great hands (which can sprawl over half a piano, and produce those effects on the instrument for which he is celebrated) are encased in lemon-coloured kids, new, or cleaned daily. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Rudyard Kipling Everything is cleaned off at once; and whenever the sand’s tainted it’s renewed. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Gertrude Stein All the plate is glass and cleaned with white which are hanging, the whole is spent and there is more than the size. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Sinclair Lewis Got more enterprise than these Californians. Pretty good to be home, eh?” She noted that all winter long the citizens had been throwing garbage into their back yards, to be cleaned up in spring. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang Vellum covers may be cleaned with soap and water, or in bad cases by a weak solution of salts of lemon. The Library by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson But war I certainly declared; and, by way of preparation, I got out my revolver, and, having drawn the charges, cleaned and reloaded it with scrupulous care. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang How the kettle got there the old man did not know, but he took it up and looked it over carefully, and when he found that it was quite whole he cleaned the dust off it and carried it into his kitchen. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence Then I knew it was he who had cleaned my boots. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

He was jealous of Ben and always shouted, “To hell with that bastard; I knew him when he cleaned spittoons in a nigger barroom. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He shook them out on to the newspaper, cleaned out the pot with his thumb and folded the leaves into a bundle. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The neighborhood seemed decent enough to him, except for a gang of drunkards that ought to be cleaned out of the gutters. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George Gissing His grey trousers were now black, and his boots looked as if they had not been cleaned for weeks. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Theodore Dreiser Her clothes, all newly cleaned and ironed before leaving home, gave her a fresh and inviting appearance. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling Shingle, with the shaving-water, would have given her her walk before breakfast next morning; but John took the duty, and she got muddy and had to be cleaned and dried on her return. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Boots can be cleaned for a penny, shoes for a half-penny. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

When they’d hauled me out and cleaned some of the dirt off me they found that I wasn’t very badly hurt. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser I dare say he cleaned up a couple of millions out of the deal. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

My clothes — the suit I was taken in twelve years ago — had been washed and cleaned and folded up, and put away and numbered in a room with a lot of others. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Who cleaned and looked over his car?” “Our man at the garage always. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Thomas Hardy She pitied me so much for having had the house cleaned in vain, and laid in provisions to waste, that it put her into the humour to agree. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

At this moment he himself was a picture: not unlike those half cleaned portraits the picture restorers hang out as specimens of their art. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling All very possible, but — the murder accomplished — Apis went to the bank of a wind-break, knelt, and carefully, as he had in our yard, cleaned his horns in the earth. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Wilkie Collins Sally cleaned the glass with her apron, and gave it back to me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells There was a smell about him as though his uniform had recently been cleaned with benzine and his breath enriched by whisky. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

It puzzled Laura that, although everybody cleaned up every day, some houses looked what they called there ‘a pictur’ and others a muddle. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The carbines are cleaned for the job, and the cartridges served out to the men. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

So this apostate, as he cleaned his turnip rows, was filled with the excitement of the sport, and had no thoughts above the memory of past exploits and the anticipation of greater to come. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Willa Cather As he climbed toward the top of the hill he noticed that the ground had been cleaned up a bit. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

I fell among thieves, and got cleaned out. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He skinned them, cleaned out their heads, and put in glass eyes made quite a good job of it, in fact. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

William Dampier At two o’clock we were again near the place where we cleaned our ships. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

When you wanted your rifle cleaned you took it to the sergeant, who possessed a long brass ramrod which was invariably bent and therefore scratched the rifling. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle And now a cold fit of disgust seemed to have passed through those callous ruffians for they brought down mops and cleaned out the cabin. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Makepeace Thackeray I blacked them shoes, I cleaned that there plate. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

And, this conversation aiding, the ladies cleaned out the salad-bowl. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jack London First converted by the Catholics, he threw down the idols, broke the tabus, cleaned out the native priests, executed a few of the recalcitrant ones, and sent all his subjects to church. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Unless I strike a run of bad luck and get cleaned out, in which case you shall see me before then. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

William Makepeace Thackeray Every man who held my horse or cleaned my boots got a ducat for his pains. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Mark Twain Jim cleaned up the canoe, and I got my paddle ready. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

M. R. James He bought a distilling apparatus at Baxter’s sale, he told me, but he could never use it: it seemed to taint everything, however much he cleaned it. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

He always takes it to be cleaned when there’s taxes — but he says if he were to lose it the pretty lady would give me another. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassant He even showed an unusual activity, for he cleaned all the windows of the house, energetically rubbing the glass, and singing at the top of his voice. Denis by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Katherine Mansfield She held him on her knees, with a pan of cold water beside her for the cleaned vegetables and the “ducks’ bucket” for the peelings. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Arnold Bennett Are you going to wash ye?” “No. I cleaned up at the works. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

So, this man I was speaking of cleaned up $288; and then he went away, because he knew that when it came time to wind watches in Little Rock an entomologist would be needed, and he wasn’t one. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Isabella Bird If under such circumstances a guest incautiously accepts it, he is invariably mortified by seeing it sent into the ante-room to be cleaned and refilled before his superior will smoke. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Thomas Hardy She did not know that her father had taken especial care to keep it from being cleaned off. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne The Canadian skinned and cleaned it properly, after having taken half a dozen cutlets, destined to furnish us with a grilled repast in the evening. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Abraham Merri We went to the temple, and here at least the ghastly litter of the dead had been cleaned away. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Frederick Marryat It was brought me to be cleaned by one of Colonel Beverley’s people, and before it was called for the house was burnt, and every soul perished. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Antony Doddery was in attendance, clad in rusty black, and looking as like a butler as a man who cleaned windows, scrubbed floors, and hewed wood could be fairly expected to look. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson I know one of the motives from hearing Franz play it,” and she hummed a theme as she replaced on the shelf, the scrupulously cleaned pot. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett Sophia cleaned and arranged two of the bedrooms in the morning, and two in the afternoon. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle The gray pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer passengers than usual. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Some of these holes might be very deep, or they might be found to be permanent wells if cleaned out. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

All the things that make a mess which has to be cleaned up — they are kept out here — because this is as far as the servants are allowed to come. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Kenneth Grahame I want you to take those fellows on the floor there upstairs with you, and have some bedrooms cleaned out and tidied up and made really comfortable. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Rudyard Kipling Here is evidently one of the newest type — No. 25, a giant who has just brought the mail in and waits to be cleaned up preparatory to going out afresh. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

D. H. Lawrence They cleaned their boots with twigs. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

I suppose they’ve cleaned everything out again?” “Yes, they have,” said Zerrilla; “there isn’t a cent left. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Henry Kingsley I cleaned a groom’s boots a Toosday, and he punched my block because I blacked the tops. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

D. H. Lawrence He, however, thought them the most dainty boots in the world, and he cleaned them with as much reverence as if they had been flowers. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Just lately it has been put in repair, and it was in this way that the well came to be emptied and cleaned out. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

He wondered dully how they cleaned as high up as the ceiling. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison On Saturday afternoons he cleaned the knives, the forks, the boots, the kettles and the windows, patiently and conscientiously. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Lard was dried out, hogs’ puddings were made, and the chitterlings were cleaned and turned three days in succession under running water, according to ancient ritual. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

So he cleaned it, but not in boiling water as the prosecution has alleged, but in petrol. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The furnace can be cleaned and stoked from without. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Marjorie Bowen As he stared into the cupboard he saw that the bottle had been cleaned and set in its place, while a new, neat label had been pasted on the front. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

Rudyard Kipling Then we half an’ three-quarters cleaned up the decks an’ mucked about as requisite, haulin’ down the patent awnin’ stun’sles which Number One ‘ad made. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

They are all cleaned and peeled, ready for cooking, too. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. F. Benson Previously the windows of The Hurst had been very diligently cleaned all Friday afternoon. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

H. Rider Haggard It was very curious to hear him addressing each gun as he cleaned it, as though it were an individual, and in a vein of the quaintest humour. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy At length one day in the spring, when the mill-house was about to be cleaned throughout, the chimney-board of Anne’s bedroom, concealing a yawning fire-place, had to be taken down. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Rudyard Kipling They haven’t cleaned it up yet. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Radclyffe Hall This wilfulness of her mother’s had delayed everything, and the meals were not ordered or the canary cleaned and fed by the time the fly arrived. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

William Makepeace Thackeray I rushed away to the back court, where the Castle Brady stables stand, and there I found a dragoon whistling the ‘Roast Beef of Old England,’ as he cleaned down a cavalry horse. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Benny Skoll cleaned out Poppy Plumtre’s bedroom safe last night. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Cards last evening and the races this afternoon have cleaned us right out. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

The windows had not been cleaned nor the banisters dusted. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Sometimes, when Gervaise seemed to have too much to do, Madame Goujet helped her do the dishes, or cleaned the kitchen herself. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

In O. senegalensis the difference between the sexes is more strongly marked, and this is best seen when the proper abdominal segment is cleaned and viewed as a transparent object. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He did not listen, though he kept nodding his head, but looked after the waiters to prevent them removing any of the dishes he had not cleaned out. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Dorothy put on her nightdress again and cleaned her teeth — plain water, of course; better not to use toothpaste before H.C. After all, either you are fasting or you aren’t. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence Fifty prisoners had cleaned the courtyard, burning the lousy rubbish. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

People would say I had only had it cleaned or turned. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft The ammonia ceased to drip, and as I cleaned up what had spilled and opened the window for air, I heard the landlady’s heavy footsteps above me. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Mark Twain I catched a good big catfish, too, and Jim cleaned him with his knife, and fried him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle And so I found myself within that little sanctum, inside which, as I afterwards learned, no other foot had for three years been set save that of the old servant who cleaned it out. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

What further stimulated me to do so was the fact that the third Merewig, she who had partially cleaned my scoring off her back, plucked up her skirts, and strode ahead. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She wondered how her sister had happened to leave it when she cleaned the room. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Algernon Blackwood He made the beds as he served the coffee, cleaned the boots or lit the lamps at dusk, with a fine dignity that betrayed his sense of our dependence on him — he would never fail. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]