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Topic: CLEANING


dust

2 verb
     
dust2
1 [intransitive and transitive]DHC to clean the dust from a surface by moving something such as a soft cloth across it:
Rachel dusted the books and the bookshelves.
I was dusting in the bedroom when the phone rang.
2 also dust down, dust off [transitive]DC to remove something such as dust or dirt from your clothes by brushing them with your hands:
He got to his feet and dusted his knees.
dust yourself (down/off)
Corbett dusted himself down and walked off.
3 [transitive] to put a fine powder over something
dust something with something
Dust the biscuits with icing sugar.

dust something ↔ off

phrasal verb
1DHC to remove something such as dust or dirt from your clothes by brushing them with your hands:
They were dusting off leaves and twigs.
dust yourself off
He got to his feet and dusted himself off.
2 to get something ready in order to use it again, after not using it for a long time:
The government is dusting off schemes for supporting creative industries.
WORD FOCUS: clean WORD FOCUS: clean
wash with soap and water
wipe
with a damp cloth
brush
with a brush to remove the dirt
polish
by rubbing with a cloth
scrub
by rubbing hard
sweep
with a broom
mop
with water and a mop (a tool with a long handle)
vacuum
also hoover British English with a machine that sucks up dust
disinfect
using chemicals to kill germs
cleanse
to clean your skin using a special cream
rinse
to put water on to remove dirt or soap
dust
to remove dust, for example with a cloth


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