clear one's name

clear one's name

Also, clear oneself. Prove someone (or oneself) innocent. For example, She not only wanted to be acquitted, she wanted to clear her name entirely. This locution employs the verb clear in the sense of "purify" or "wash away a stain." [Late 1400s]
See also: clear, name
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To correct wrongful listings on watch lists, travelers can go through the Department of Homeland Security's Travel Redress Inquiry Program, a procedure that helps clear one's name.
It can be a very lengthy and costly process" to clear one's name in such cases, he said.