Definition of dry-clean in English:



[with object]
  • Clean (a garment) with an organic solvent, without using water.

    ‘I had my winter coat dry-cleaned recently’
    • ‘Launder or dry-clean all clothing and outerwear.’
    • ‘A legal secretary decided to use e-mail as a weapon to publicly humiliate her boss, who had asked her for £4 to dry-clean trousers on which she had accidentally spilled some tomato sauce.’
    • ‘Her dress has no label, except for the one that claims this garment should be dry-cleaned.’
    • ‘Cashmere is also extremely delicate and, unless otherwise indicated, should always be dry-cleaned.’
    • ‘When a customer left a pile of dirty things whoever was checking in determined what was to be washed and what to be dry-cleaned.’
    • ‘Do I need to fumigate the entire house and dry-clean all of my clothes?’
    • ‘In addition to all these benefits, by dry-cleaning your clothes, you'll support the steel industry and never run out of hangers!’
    • ‘It's not a myth; dry-cleaning your clothes too often isn't a good idea.’
    • ‘Trousers, which tend to thin in the crotch and in the seat, are dry-cleaned more often than suit jackets.’
    • ‘The problem with metallics, however, is that they can't be dry-cleaned, nor are these hand-crafted costumes machine washable.’
    • ‘And she doesn't buy clothes that need to be dry-cleaned.’
    • ‘He'd take it to be dry-cleaned between Christmas and the New Year, he thought to himself, to remove the inevitable night-club stench of sweat, beer and smoke.’
    • ‘This type of bedding is usually very warm, and it should be dry-cleaned unless the manufacturer's label says otherwise.’
    • ‘It was made of really expensive material; the type that had to be dry-cleaned and could not get wet.’
    • ‘The first step is to discern which pieces should be dry-cleaned by reading the labels on your clothing.’
    • ‘She was concentrating on not spilling anything on her blouse, which had been dry-cleaned the day before.’
    • ‘‘Don't get your clothes dry-cleaned, eat organically, throw out the super-strength cleaners,’ she said.’
    • ‘Other discharges include 37,000 gallons of oily bilge water and 15 gallons of toxic waste from dry-cleaning, painting and photograph-processing.’
    • ‘There's also a shop - Retail Therapy - which offers everything from Costa Coffee and stuffed toys to dry-cleaning and a florist.’
    • ‘All sealants are permanent when washed and dry-cleaned except for No-Fray, which will dissolve in dry cleaning.’
    launder, clean, rinse, rinse out