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clear (one's) lines

In rugby and soccer, to kick the ball from or near one's own goal line far up the field. Though their opponents have been bringing continuous offensive pressure, the home team's defense has been there each time to clear their lines.
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One clear line has to apply to the "bleeding heart" missionary types, pacifists and other such tiny minority groups.
We have very clear lines of inquiry and I am hopeful there will be arrests.
Deconstructed dance with clear lines and a silent score from a master choreographer.
Work with them to establish an incident command center that will show clear lines of authority during a pandemic.
But Chris Robertson, chairman of Birmingham Future, said it was important to have clear lines of responsibility.
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There were no clear lines of communication and no-one the ground supporting victims.
We plan to accomplish these objectives by relying on three key principles: clear standards, clear lines of authority, and tiered accountability.
All are set off in sharp contrast to the transparent glass exterior curtain walls, which would allow clear lines of sights through the station, let daylight flood the interior and make it easy for the authorities to monitor security in the station.