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clear Idioms & Phrases

A clear breach

  • implies that the waves roll over the vessel without breaking.
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all clear

  • noun a signal (usually a siren) that danger is over
  • noun permission to proceed because obstacles have been removed

clear and present danger

  • noun a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged
    • no one has a right to shout `fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety

clear away

  • verb remove from sight
    clear away.

Clear breach

  • . See under Breach, n., 4.
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Clear days

  • (Law.), days reckoned from one day to another, excluding both the first and last day; as, from Sunday to Sunday there are six clear days.
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clear liquid diet

  • noun a diet of fluids with minimal residues (fat-free broth or strained fruit juices or gelatin); cannot be used for more than one day postoperative

clear off

  • verb remove from sight
    clear away.

clear out

  • verb move out and leave nothing behind
  • verb clear out the chest and lungs
    expectorate; drive out.
    • This drug expectorates quickly
  • verb empty completely
    clean out.
    • We cleaned out all the drawers

clear sailing

  • noun easy unobstructed progress
    plain sailing; easy going.
    • after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing

Clear stuff

  • boards, planks, etc., free from knots.
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clear the air

  • verb dispel differences or negative emotions
    • The group called a meeting to finally clear the air

clear the throat

  • verb clear mucus or food from one's throat
    • he cleared his throat before he started to speak

clear up

  • verb make clear and (more) comprehensible
    clarify; elucidate.
    • clarify the mystery surrounding her death
  • verb finish a task completely
    finish up; get through; wrap up; mop up; polish off; finish off.
    • I finally got through this homework assignment
  • verb free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
    • Clear the throat
  • verb become clear
    clear; light up; brighten.
    • The sky cleared after the storm
  • verb make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear
    crystallise; illuminate; straighten out; elucidate; clear; crystallize; sort out; crystalise; shed light on; crystalize; enlighten.
    • Could you clarify these remarks?
    • Clear up the question of who is at fault

clear-air turbulence

  • noun strong turbulence in an otherwise cloudless region that subjects aircraft to violent updrafts or downdrafts


  • verb remove all the trees at one time
    • clear-cut an acre of forest
  • adjective satellite clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    distinct; trenchant.
    • clear-cut evidence of tampering
    • Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest
    • trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
  • adjective satellite having had all the trees removed at one time
    • clear-cut hillsides are subject to erosion
  • adjective satellite clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    clear; clean-cut.
    • as clear as a whistle
    • clear footprints in the snow
    • the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather
    • a spire clean-cut against the sky
    • a clear-cut pattern
Clear"-cut` adjective
  1. Having a sharp, distinct outline, like that of a cameo.
    She has . . . a cold and clear-cut face. Tennyson.
  2. Concisely and distinctly expressed.
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  • adjective satellite mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
    perspicacious; clear-eyed.
    • too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow
    • chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership
    • much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument


Clear"-head`ed adjective
  1. Having a clear understanding; quick of perception; intelligent. "He was laborious and clear-headed." Macaulay. -- Clear"-head`ed*ness, n.
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Clear"-see`ing adjective
  1. Having a clear physical or mental vision; having a clear understanding.
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Clear"-shin`ing adjective
  1. Shining brightly. Shak.
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  • adjective satellite having sharp clear vision
  • adjective satellite mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
    perspicacious; clear-eyed.
    • too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow
    • chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership
    • much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument
Clear"-sight`ed adjective
  1. Seeing with clearness; discerning; as, clear-sighted reason
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Clear"-sight`ed*ness noun
  1. Acute discernment.
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  • adjective not mentally confused; able to think clearly and act intelligently

clearing house

  • noun a central collection place where banks exchange checks or drafts; participants maintain an account against which credits or debits are posted

crystal clear

  • adjective satellite transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    lucid; limpid; pellucid; crystalline; transparent.
    • the cold crystalline water of melted snow
    • crystal clear skies
    • could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool
    • lucid air
    • a pellucid brook
    • transparent crystal
  • adjective satellite (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable
    luculent; lucid; limpid; perspicuous; pellucid.
    • writes in a limpid style
    • lucid directions
    • a luculent oration"- Robert Burton
    • pellucid prose
    • a crystal clear explanation
    • a perspicuous argument

Limber rope, Limber chainLimber clearer

  • (Naut.), a rope or chain passing through the limbers of a ship, by which they may be cleared of dirt that chokes them. Totten.
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The coast is clear

  • the danger is over; no enemy in sight. Dryden. Fig.: There are no obstacles. "Seeing that the coast was clear, Zelmane dismissed Musidorus." Sir P. Sidney.
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To clear a ship at the customhouse

  • to exhibit the documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such papers as the law requires.
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To clear a ship for action, or To clear for action

  • (Naut.), to remove incumbrances from the decks, and prepare for an engagement.
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To clear hawse

  • (Naut.), to disentangle the cables when twisted.
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To clear the decks

  • (Naut.), to remove every unnecessary incumbrance in preparation for battle; to prepare for action.
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To clear the land

  • (Naut.), to gain such a distance from shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the land.
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To clear up

  • to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or fears.
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To get clear

  • to disengage one's self; to be released, as from confinement, obligation, or burden; also, to be freed from danger or embarrassment.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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