Clean Out

Clean Out

Infinitive: Clean Out
Present Tense: Clean Out/ Cleans Out
-ing Form: Cleaning Out
Past Tense: Cleaned Out
Past Participle: Cleaned Out
It is a separable phrasal verb that can
be used in three ways
  1. 1

    To clean or clear the inside of something thoroughly.

    You need to clean out all that junk in your closet.
    Please clean out the tub after you take a bath.

  2. 2

    To cause someone to spend all of their money.

    My niece and nephews always clean me out when they come to visit.
    Las Vegas will clean you out if you keep betting.

  3. 3

    To steal someone's valuables or money.

    All my CDs were cleaned out of my car while I was in the grocery store.
    The robbers cleaned the biggest bank in the city out.

Clean Out
  1. Christmas ______ everyone ______.
  2. You need to ______ ______ your hair in the sink so the drain doesn't get clogged.
  3. The movie Ocean's Eleven is about a group of thieves who plot to _____ _____ a big casino in Las Vegas.
  4. I went to the car wash to _____ _____ the inside of my car.
  5. Kids will ______ you _____ if you let them.

Listen for the phrasal verb Clean Out in the video clip from the movie Pulp Fiction

  1. Pumpkin: Forget it. It's too risky. I'm through doing that shit.
    Honey Bunny: You always say that. The same thing every time. "l'm through, never again, too dangerous."

    Pumpkin: I know that's what I always say. I'm always right too.
    Honey Bunny: You forget about it in a day or two.

    Pumpkin: The days of me forgetting are over. The days of me remembering have just begun.
    Honey Bunny: You know, when you go on like this, what you sound like?

    Pumpkin: I sound like a sensible man.
    Honey Bunny: You sound like a duck. Quack, quack, quack.

    Pumpkin: Take heart, 'cause you're never gonna have to hear it again. Since I'm never gonna do it again, you're never gonna have to hear me quack.
    Honey Bunny: After tonight?

    Pumpkin: Correct. I got all tonight to quack. I mean, the way it is now, you're taking the same risk as when you rob a bank. Taking more of a risk. Banks are easier. Federal banks ain't supposed to stop you in any way during a robbery. They're insured. Why should they give a fuck? I don't even need a gun in a Federal bank.
    Heard about this one bloke, he walks into a bank with a portable phone. He gives the phone to a teller. The bloke on the other end says, "We got this guy's little girl. If you don't give him all your money, we're gonna kill her."
    Honey Bunny: Did it work?

    Pumpkin: Fuckin' right it worked.That's what I'm talkin' about. Knucklehead walks into a bank with a telephone. Not a pistol, not a shotgun, a phone. ______ the place ____. They don't lift a finger.
    Honey Bunny: Did they hurt the little girl?

    Pumpkin: There probably never was a little girl. The point of the story isn't a little girl. The point of the story is they robbed a bank with a telephone.
  2. 1.) What was their conversation about?

    2.) How was the phrasal verb used in the video clip?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

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