[clothes, room] propre
→ The room was spotlessly clean.
[air] pur (e)
[water] clair (e)
→ Then rinse the fabric in clean water.
a clean shirt une chemise propre
clean drinking water, clean water eau f potable
→ They were left for months on end without power, clean water or enough to eat
[person, animal] propre
→ She is so clean and tidy, a model daughter.
[fuel, energy] propre
→ waste products have been converted to clean energy
(from drugs, alcohol)
[person] désintoxiqué (e)
→ He has been clean for six weeks
[reputation, record] sans tache
→ They wanted to maintain a clean international reputation.
clean driving licence (British)
clean record (US) permis où n'est portée aucune indication de contravention permis où n'est portée aucune indication de contravention
[game] franc (franche)
→ When we played other schools the games were always clean.
[fight] loyal (e)
(=smooth) net (te)
→ The grass stems had clean edges to them as though they had been cut.
→ Fortunately, it was a nice clean break.
to make a clean break, to make a clean start prendre un nouveau départ
a clean sheet of paper une feuille blanche
[fun, joke] innocent (e)
→ It's all good clean fun.
→ Clean the bathroom thoroughly.
to clean one's teeth (British) se brosser les dents
He clean forgot. Il a complètement oublié.
The thief got clean away. Le voleur s'est échappé sans laisser de traces.
to come clean *
(=admit guilt) se mettre à table
[+cupboard, room, container] nettoyer (à fond)
→ I was cleaning out my desk at the office on my last day there.
[+person] plumer *
→ I've got no more money - they cleaned me out.
→ Clean up this mess this minute!
[+environment, beaches] nettoyer
to clean sb up faire la toilette de qn
→ I was cleaned up and given clean clothes
(=reduce crime in)
[+city] remettre de l'ordre dans
→ Then the police can begin to clean up the cities.
(=restore order) ranger
→ Leave everything, I'll clean up later.
(=make profit) rafler la mise
→ People who buy shares now will clean up when the price rises.
[man] soigné (e)
→ Costner added some stubble to his clean-cut screen persona
n nettoyage m à fond
adj sans barbe ni moustache
to make a clean sweep rafler tous les prix
n nettoyage m
→ This room could do with a good clean-up.
vt nettoyer à sec
vi (US) faire le ménage
n grand nettoyage m (de printemps)
[+house] nettoyer de fond en comble
vi faire un grand nettoyage (de printemps)
squeaky clean , squeaky-clean
(=very clean) nickel * inv
[person] blanc (blanche) comme neige
→ Maybe this guy isn't so squeaky clean after all.
[reputation, image] irréprochable
→ ... his desire to foster a squeaky-clean image.