free and clear


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free and clear

without encumbrance, particularly in regard to the ownership of something, After the last payment, Jane owned the car free and clear. If you can't prove that you own the house and the land it stands on free and clear, you can't sell it.
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free and clear

without debt or legal claims He owns a home in Mexico free and clear.
Usage notes: usually said about houses and property
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free and clear

Without any legal encumbrance, such as a lien or mortgage. For example, After the mortgage was paid off they owned the house free and clear. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, clear, free