Cleanliness


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Cleanliness

See also Orderliness.
Cleverness (See CUNNING.)
Berchta
unkempt herself, demands cleanliness from others, especially children. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 137]
cat
continually “washes” itself. [Animal Symbolism: Jobes, 296]
Clean, Mr.
brand of household cleaner. [Trademarks: Crowley Trade, 379]
hyssop
Biblical herb used for ceremonial sprinkling. [Flower Symbolism: O.T. Psalms 51:7]
Mary Mouse
constantly sweeping and dusting. [Children’s Lit.: Mary Mouse and the Doll’s House, Fisher, 216]
Spic and Span
brand of household cleaner. [Trademarks: Crowley Trade, 546]
Wag-at-the-Wa’
brownie who is strict about neatness of houses. [Br. Folldore: Briggs, 425–426]
References in classic literature ?
The captain, in his zeal for the health and cleanliness of his ship, would make sweeping visitations to the "lubber nests" of the unlucky "voyageurs" and their companions in misery, ferret them out of their berths, make them air and wash themselves and their accoutrements, and oblige them to stir about briskly and take exercise.
Absolute cleanliness of the body has been insisted upon from the first.
In the windows of some, there were green plants, which were trained to shade the glass; in all, there was as much fresh air, cleanliness, and comfort, as the nature of the occupation would possibly admit of.
So the soldiers, after a twenty-mile march, were kept mending and cleaning all night long without closing their eyes, while the adjutants and company commanders calculated and reckoned, and by morning the regiment- instead of the straggling, disorderly crowd it had been on its last march the day before- presented a well-ordered array of two thousand men each of whom knew his place and his duty, had every button and every strap in place, and shone with cleanliness.
The gray house up the brook was put into flawless order and cleanliness, with Miss Cornelia's ready assistance.
The garment itself did not bear out the assertion, nor did the accumulations of grease on stove and pot and pan attest a general cleanliness.
The hotel of the provincial town where Nikolay Levin was lying ill was one of those provincial hotels which are constructed on the newest model of modern improvements, with the best intentions of cleanliness, comfort, and even elegance, but owing to the public that patronizes them, are with astounding rapidity transformed into filthy taverns with a pretension of modern improvement that only makes them worse than the old-fashioned, honestly filthy hotels.
The cleanliness that predominated throughout, and the thorough repair in which everything was kept, spoke well for the vigilance of the master's eyes.
The cleanliness of the almost ruinous dwelling filled Genestas with admiration.
Let them bring me a comb here, or what they please, and curry this beard of mine, and if they get anything out of it that offends against cleanliness, let them clip me to the skin.
Besides, you promoters of cleanliness have been excessively careless and thoughtless, I don't know if I ought not to say audacious, to bring troughs and wooden utensils and kitchen dishclouts, instead of basins and jugs of pure gold and towels of holland, to such a person and such a beard; but, after all, you are ill-conditioned and ill-bred, and spiteful as you are, you cannot help showing the grudge you have against the squires of knights-errant.
Mulcachy, one of Harris Collins's brightest graduates, had emulated his master by setting up in business in Chicago, where he ran everything with the same rigid cleanliness, sanitation, and scientific cruelty.