leave the field clear for (one)

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leave the field clear for (one)

To give one a clear or easier path to victory or success by no longer participating in a competition of some kind. The returning state champion's sudden departure from the tournament leaves the field 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.
See also: clear, field, leave

leave the field ˈclear for somebody

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leave somebody in possession of the ˈfield

enable somebody to be successful in a particular area of activity because other people or groups are not competing with them any longer: Many of our more experienced players are injured or resting, which leaves the field clear for new talent.
See also: clear, field, leave, somebody
References in classic literature ?
I must leave the field clear for them in the morning.
We throw the Iraqi Kurds under a bus because of their foolishness over the recent referendum but in the absence of any wider policy response other than sanctimonious sermonising leave the field clear for Iran to exploit.
In 2015-2016, the expected drop of independent fast food outlets, and mainly full-service restaurants, should leave the field clear for chained fast food operators.
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.
The Commission is also refusing to say more, noting only that it interrupted its own probe to leave the field clear for OLAF.
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.
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