"clean the place" as in "let's get together"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 26 19:33:13 UTC 2010

At 2:35 PM -0400 9/26/10, Ry Rivard wrote:
>I'm a newspaper reporter in West Virginia. Last week, I went to a
>meeting in the southern part of the state that began contentiously.
>During the meeting, the subject of some of the tension said he likes
>to put things in the past, get together, and "clean the place." It was
>clear he did not literally mean to wash or tidy up anything.
>For instance, he said re: some of the divisions in the group, "I say,
>maybe the next time we'll all be together and we'll clean the place."
>I didn't have a chance to ask -- though I may call someone on this
>later this week -- but is anyone familiar with "clean the place"?
Maybe (idle speculation) it's the same idea as "closed the
place/joint down"--before you can do that, you have to clean the
place, so...


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