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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I make it a rule to clear my desk every day, before leaving my office, of all correspondence and memoranda, so that on the morrow I can begin a NEW day of work.
He said it was "easy to clear my desk, very difficult to clear the mind".
I'll turn up for work until told otherwise – but I did clear my desk on Friday.
"I'm just concentrating on doing my job until someone knocks on the door and tells me to clear my desk.
I've been working here for 18 months now and I'm still waiting for them to make me clear my desk and march me out of the door.
As my assistant, Sara is keenly aware that I am anxious to clear my desk in order to begin a sabbatical.