Appalachian Dialect

Clean Of

Clean of got rid of

Sometimes when we use the word clean we’re not talking about actually making something dirty clean again.

*Clean of: free of, rid of. “I’m clean out of blackberry jelly so I’m hoping to make several runs this summer.”

*Clean his plow: to put one in their place, sometimes in a physical way. “What that smartelic needs is for somebody to clean his plow and I’m a telling you I’m just the man to do it!”


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    Wanda Devers
    June 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

    My brother told an obscene caller that he would knock his head “clean off”. That one never called again!

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    Tim Mc
    June 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

    This reminds me ” I’m clean up to may ears in chores”. When your use to talking like that, you don’t realize how it sounds. O well,, to old to change now…

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    Rev. RB
    June 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    “Clean his plow” also means to lose all one’s money, like in a bad investment, etc. We used that often when I worked in the stock market.
    I don’t say “clean of” but I have said “shed of” quite often, and that means about the same thing.
    God bless.

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    Paul Certo
    June 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    “If you pull that stunt again, I’ll really clean your clock!”

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    June 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Well, Tipper, your ‘clean’ responses covered the subject like an early morning dew in the meadow! I would say “The discussion was clean as a whistle” for today!
    Regards, Eva Nell

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    Ron Banks
    June 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m trying to think of a comment but I’m clean out of thoughts!

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    June 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    “He didn’t shoot at the squirrel, he shot at the branch and a piece of the bark come loose and tuk that squirrel’s haid clean off….”

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    b. Ruth
    June 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for the info on the pictures. Well, I guess the picture of Cindys Mom isn’t who I thought it might have been. That is unless when Dad was in college, and after meetin’ my Mom told her a different name of the girl in the year book, (her name was Nina)…LOL Yep, one he had a crush on in college!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    b. Ruth
    June 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’ll bet you think “I clean forgot” gettin’ that picture of the wall clothes dryin’ rack! Not! I got the rack out of storage, now got to find a place to hang it so I can get a picture!
    I did “clean forget” how big the thing is/was!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Roy met the one of the tiny triplet fawns in the edge of the garden yesterday morning…It was more interested in Roy than eatin’! Roy said, he nearly laughed out loud at the little feller lowering his head and lifting his foot, trying to get Roy to move!
    I’m just sick, I heard a single gunshot in the neighbors pasture yesterday! (Before Roy saw the tiny fawn), I just hope it wasn’t Bambi’s Mamma! I do hate those out of season opportunity hunters!

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    June 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

    When you mentioned blackberries, it
    made me think. I’ve only got two
    little boxes left from last year.
    I just happened to visit the Blind
    Pig again late last night and
    noticed you had added information
    under those pictures. I’m clean
    out of something to say…Ken

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Very interesting uses for ‘clean.’ You have given me food for thought; I may have been clean out of ideas.

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Expression here is “clean their clock”, and I am always clean out of coffee or something.

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    When Dad was selling one of his horses, the buyer asked Mom if she would miss it. She told him she was just glad to be shed of it. When the guy came back with his trailer, he used ‘shed of’ in a sentence with a little giggle. I’m sure Mom wanted to clean his plow for making fun of her.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 28, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Clean his clock,
    clean as a whistle,
    clean out of sight:
    More clean phrases that give one pause to wonder from whence they came.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 28, 2013 at 7:20 am

    There is also “clean his clock” and speaking of blackberries,I just heard that our local market will have them this year but sadly they are the tame variety not the wild ones. The wild ones make the very best blackberry jam.
    The pictures were fun, Tipper.

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