clear (one's) desk

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clear (one's) desk

To remove everything from one's desk. This phrase can be used both in schools (as an instruction before a test) and in workplaces (as an instruction to one who has been fired). All right, everyone, we're going to start the spelling test, so clear your desks. That underperforming employee was asked to clear his desk and leave the building.
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clear your desk

leave your job, especially having been dismissed.
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A source said: "He was accompanied by an assistant chief constable then escorted to his office by a chief superintendent and told to clear his desk before he was escorted out.
Magath claimed he was "surprised" to clear his desk, with Fulham rock-bottom of the Championship, with one point from a possible 21 after failing to avoid relegation in May.
By the time Moore met the press again on Thursday, another had bitten the dust, with Kevin Blackwell asked to clear his desk at Bury, 21st in League Two.
And it appears inconceivable he will not be told to clear his desk, with the execution likely to be swift.
David McElhinney, the city's executive director for central services and Mr Finnegan's immediate superior, launched an investigation into the council's news department and shortly afterwards Mr Finnegan was ordered to clear his desk.
Steve McClaren was in at Rockliffe Park today to clear his desk, prior to joining up with England next week ahead of the World Cup.
I would be more than happy to see Sir Ian Blair clear his desk in the office marked Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
Having seen his tenure brought to an end, McCarthy drove to the club's training ground to say his farewells and clear his desk. He left the Academy shortly before 3pm to consider his immediate future.
But as he prepares to clear his desk with dreams of No10 swirling around his head, he would do well to get Blair to scribble his promise down on a piece of paper.
The five days of virtual ''house arrest'' were granted by the court in reaction to a petition by the younger Estrada's lawyers that he be allowed to clear his desk at the San Juan town hall.
Now a win in Bulgaria will confirm England as group champs - yet Taylor will have to clear his desk the following day despite three years of almost unbroken success.
The father-of-two, who was famously described by his former royal employer as "my rock", was reported this weekend to have been dismissed at a meeting last Tuesday and ordered to clear his desk immediately after Christmas.
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There were the calls from a man who had merely returned to his former office to clear his desk after landing a new job.