clear the way

clear the way

1. To make a physical path clear of obstacles by stepping aside or moving objects out of the way. This phrase is usually said as an imperative as someone or something in need of more space approaches. Clear the way! We need to get this cart down the hallway! Make sure you clear the way for the floats when they come down the parade route.
2. To make it possible for something to happen by removing challenges, restrictions, or resistance. The compromise in congress cleared the way for the spending bill.
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clear the way (for somebody/something)

to make it possible or easier for someone or something to follow Approval of the financing helped clear the way for the new construction. Our grandmothers who demanded the vote cleared the way for today's women to become politicians, professionals, and judges.
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When we clear food out of our lives, we clear the way for a spiritual blood test.
Although only a proposal, this work makes clear the ways in which Asher, throughout his long and varied career, always insured that the object of art and the elements defining its place of display could not be disengaged from each other--nor from the contextual realities of which both work and institutional site were an integral part.
My job is to pull things together from different parts of the company and clear the ways and get the resources for the key projects.
Racing manager Mick Smith explained: "With West Brom being top of the table, a large crowd is expected, and we felt it better to allow a little extra time to clear the ways.