clear the way

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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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