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clear away

1. To move someone or something aside, especially if it causes an obstruction or is no longer needed. Now that I've cleared away those overgrown bushes, our living room gets so much more sunlight! Tell the busboys to go and clear away all the dinner plates so that we can start serving dessert.
2. To move away from something. The sound of approaching sirens caused most of the partiers to clear away.
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clear something away

to take something away. Please clear the children's toys away. Would you clear away the dishes?
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clear away

v.
1. To remove something that is covering some area, especially something that is no longer being used: She cleared away the snow on the sidewalk so that no one would slip. I cleared the dishes away after dinner.
2. To move away from some place: He cleared away from the dangerous cliff. The crowd cleared away when the police arrived.
3. To make someone or some group move away from some place: The troopers cleared the crowd away from the crime scene. The police cleared away the crowd in preparation for the celebrity's arrival.
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The Environment Agency issued a notice to Ward Bros (Steel) Ltd, based at Quality Row, asking the firm to clear away a number of steel cans as the |residual waste on them had attracted insects
But during the afternoon it will clear away to the northeast.
Showers are predicted for Wales, the Midlands and south-east England but will gradually clear away.
Snowdonia Society volunteers are planning to return to the site to help clear away excess growth.
Instead we need a proactive approach that takes women seriously as equal members of the people of God and begins to clear away the canonical stumbling blocks to their full participation, in whatever form that may come.
Healthy brain cells produce this protein in small amounts and regularly clear away any excess.
In the past, the FAA has dealt with poor weather by keeping planes at small airports on the ground while large airports clear away backed up traffic.
The Runners envision the team working to clear away bureaucratic hurdles, actively promote California's advantages to aerospace companies, and evaluate whether specific policy changes are necessary.
The robot then removes the molded parts and two pneumatic nozzles clear away residual materials and the cycle starts again.
Giving yourself some time to retreat allows you to clear away the mental clutter.
Sutherland Lyall brings in the New Year with some refreshing sites to help clear away the Yuletide cobwebs.
Cases involving criminal convictions for consensual sodomy, possibly even convictions for soliciting sodomy, may be easier to reopen and clear away.
TRAGIC SCENE: The carnage on the M1 this morning as police and emergency crews try to clear away wreckage and (left) hold-ups at the A45/B4429 roundabout to Dunchurch.
Profits from the tax could be used to meet the high cost of buying and maintaining machines to clear away the gum which is stuck on the recently laid paving stones in the city.
Eighteen firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, including officers from the chemical incident unit in Old Swan, helped clear away the poisonous thinner.