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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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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.
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.
Clinton banned the controlled burning of woodlands to clear away deadwood on the basis that the practice, which had helped to control outbreaks for more than 50 years, upset the ecosystem.
It isn't going to be easy The Manual is over-run with petty nonsense and it's going to take an army of editors to clear away the fatuousness in the code.
The World Wide Web can be shaped into a vibrant educational tool serving all learners if more money is devoted to research and development and if governments clear away many conflicting and obsolete rules, a federal panel has concluded after a 10-month study.
In this book's introductory chapter, Louis Haas modestly declines to "set out a new paradigm for the study of childhood, especially when we still need to clear away so much wreckage of the old" (9).
In the preface to the first volume of The Dialogues of Plato, he says that he intends his commentary to be "in some sense Socratic, in that its primary purpose is not to set forth doctrine, but to help clear away obstacles which interfere with understanding the text" (p.
The storm claimed more than 20 lives and racked up damage totals that included more than 50 percent of Maine's forested areas and caused one Canadian city to redirect its snowplows to clear away trees.
They were finally pushed over the edge by a Forest Service plan to clear away trees to create 112 miles of motorcycle trails in the Hoosier.
By mobilizing the fluids and allowing the body's own immune system to function optimally you not only bring in cells that fight infection but clear away waste products of infection and inflammation.
The vaccine triggered an immune response against beta-amyloid to clear away the deposits.
The rain is supposed to clear away early tonight and, while showers are expected tomorrow, we should have a better day," said course manager Paul Hensey.
Increased patrols have now been introduced to the area and probation officers also brought in three groups of workers to clear away over-grown bushes.
At first they were looking for survivors, but by Friday they were looking for bodies before bulldozers go in to clear away the wreckage.