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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.
See also: away, clear

clear out

1. To remove things from a space or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." The kids always seem to relish clearing out their desks at the end of the school year. We need to clear some of this junk out of the garage so that I can actually put my car in it!
2. To leave a place, perhaps quickly. The staff cleared out when they saw the boss asking for volunteers to work on the weekend. Clear out, everyone. We are now closed.
3. To impel or force to leave a place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." If we call the cops, they'll clear out that raucous house party immediately. The fire alarm cleared the building out in a hurry.
4. To become or cause to become empty, as of a place or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." Let's wait to leave until the parking lot has cleared out more.
See also: clear, out

clear something away

to take something away. Please clear the children's toys away. Would you clear away the dishes?
See also: away, clear

clear away

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.
See also: away, clear