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clear (one's) lines

In rugby and soccer, to kick the ball from or near one's own goal line far up the field. Though their opponents have been bringing continuous offensive pressure, the home team's defense has been there each time to clear their lines.
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Peter Dunn, the university's press officer, said: ``Police do not believe anybody from the university was involved and they are pursuing clear lines of inquiry.
Commonly considered Balanchine's first masterpiece, the 1928 Apollo is a ballet of clear lines and clarity of movement, a pen-and-ink drawing onstage.
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JANE Hutt told health workers yesterday that setting clear lines of responsibility must not lead to buck passing.
With their clear lines and exploding masses, dynamic rhythms and gestures that even today retain the power of the vernacular, the dances--especially those for the men--seem fresher and more exhilarating than ever.
Key to our alignment of First Health's five distinct business segments is having qualified leaders with clear lines of focused accountability, and John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role.
It provides the one thing Los Angeles City Hall hasn't had in 70 years: clear lines of authority and responsibility.