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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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And it seems that members of the Brotherhood, in accordance with an old custom of theirs, consider the abundance of complaints and accusations against others to be sufficient to clear oneself and attract a public that sympathizes with the oppressed.