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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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References in classic literature ?
She arose at daybreak, in order to attend mass, and she worked without interruption until night; then, when dinner was over, the dishes cleared away and the door securely locked, she would bury the log under the ashes and fall asleep in front of the hearth with a rosary in her hand.
It is to be regretted that she did not live to complete her narrative, for then, undoubtedly, would have been cleared away the mystery that has shrouded for seven centuries the execution of Ernest Everhard.
You never cleared away your lunch nor set away a dish, AND YOU LEFT THE SIDE DOOR UNLOCKED from half past twelve to three o'clock, so 't anybody could 'a' come in and stolen what they liked
Before the smoke of the discharge had cleared away I heard a loud savage cry--a scream like that of a wild animal--and flinging his gun upon the ground Morgan sprang away and ran swiftly from the spot.
Of course, we both applauded our mother's resolution; Mary cleared away the breakfast things; I brought the desk; the letter was quickly written and despatched; and, from that day, we heard no more of our grandfather, till we saw his death announced in the newspaper a considerable time after--all his worldly possessions, of course, being left to our wealthy unknown cousins.
But hardly had the blinding vapor cleared away, when a naked figure with a boarding-sword in its hand, was for one swift moment seen hovering over the bulwarks.
He cleared away the litter so as to make room for the introduction of his hand and arm into the drawer.
By the time the last table was cleared away Aunt Olivia and our new uncle were ready to go.
Early in the morning, before she had risen, he cleared away the snow that obstructed her path to the milk-house, drew water from the well, and brought the wood from the outhouse, where, to his perpetual astonishment, he found his store always replenished by an invisible hand.
There was nothing they wouldn't have cleared away, or couldn't have cleared away, with old Fezziwig looking on.
Presently they finished, and Sally came in and cleared away.
POLICE have rounded up Afghan migrants and cleared away some of their tents in a makeshift camp in Paris as part of French government efforts to tackle the migrant crisis.
A SCRAP metal firm at the centre of a fly infestation storm has cleared away dirty steel cans.
They are not cutting the grass properly in some places and the cuttings aren't getting cleared away so they end up scattered over the pavement.
They have also cleared away the debris surrounding the devastated guest house on which the boat was balanced in the coastal town of Otsuchi.