leave the field clear for (someone)

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leave the field clear for (someone)

To remove oneself from competition with someone else, thereby giving them a clear or easier path to victory or success. With the returning state champion dropping out of the tournament, the field has been left clear for last year's runner-up to claim the title. To be honest, I'd rather withdraw from consideration and leave the field clear for you to get the job.
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But Massone's troubled background appears to leave the field clear for the Foundation of Hearts or HMFC Ltd, funded by Chicagobased Club 9 Sports.
That may leave the field clear for rivals to tout their ambitions for a slice of the smartphone market, which is set to grow to a record one billion handset shipments in 2013 according to a forecast by global consultancy Deloitte.
Sneijder has the pedigree United want, but the outlay is massive - and that may leave the field clear for City.
Which might just leave the field clear for another keen blonde - and an incest storyline just waiting to happen.
That would appear to leave the field clear for several years for Bombardier to drum up orders for its new narrow-body jet.
By creating an atmosphere of peace I would leave the field clear for diplomacy to find a political solution to our troubles.
PR Manager for Manchester 2002 Ltd Tina Williamson explained the deals: "The deal was brokered in Kuala Lumpur, the aim being to buy out the sponsorship rights of all UK teams to leave the field clear for the commercial team at Manchester to approach any potential sponsors.
The last four appears to leave the field clear for Serena Williams to retain the title she won by beating her sister last year.
I think it's jolly nice of them to leave the field clear for the 0.
And, thanking supporters, the former First Lady continued to shrug off pressure to leave the field clear for Obama.
Woosie and Langer had reached a private agreement that whoever was playing the best would carry on and leave the field clear for the other person.
The manager told his club's shareholders at yesterday's meeting that ``add-ons'' the extra payments associated with doing business with agents had caused Celtic to drop their interest in the South American and leave the field clear for Rangers to get him.
I'd hope the respective provincial provincial councils will leave the field clear for us on those two Sundays.
It cunningly undermines him and paves the way for him to "exit" from the contest and leave the field clear for Tony Blair.
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