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Free from blame or fault.

“Ye are clean, but not all.”—John xiii. 10.

Bill. To show a clean bill of health. (See page 135, col. 1, Bill of Health.)

Breast. To make a clean breast or Make a clean breast of it. To make a full and unreserved confession.

Hands. To have clean hands. To be quite clear of some stated evil. Hence “clean-handed.”

To keep the hands clean. Not to be involved in wrong-doing.

Heart. To have a clean heart. A righteous spirit.


“Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.”—Psalm li. 10.

Heels. To show a clean pair of heels. To make one’s escape, to run away. Here “clean” means free from obstruction.


“The Maroons were runaway slaves who had … . shown their tyrants a clean pair of heels.”—Sala.

Life. To live a clean life. Blameless and undefiled.

Tongue. A clean tongue. Not abusive, not profane, not foul.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Classics
Claude Lorraine (i.e. of Lorraine)
Claus (Santa)
Clause
Clause Rolls (Rotŭli clausi)
Clavie
Clavileno
Claw
Claw-backs
Claymore or Glaymore
Clean
Clean (To)
Clean and Unclean Animals
Cleaned Out
Clear (verb)
Clear the Court
Clear the Decks
Clear (the adjective)
Clear as Crystal. Clear as Mud
Clear-coat
Clear Day (A)

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