clear (one's) name

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clear (one's) name

To exonerate oneself or another of a criminal charge or allegation of wrongdoing. I was only accused of that crime because I look like the perpetrator, so I was able to clear my name. Good luck trying to clear your name once people think you've done something wrong.
See also: clear, name
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clear someone's name

to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime or misdeed. (See also clear someone of something.) I was accused of theft, but the real thief confessed and I cleared my name.
See also: clear, name
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

clear one's name

Also, clear oneself. Prove someone (or oneself) innocent. For example, She not only wanted to be acquitted, she wanted to clear her name entirely. This locution employs the verb clear in the sense of "purify" or "wash away a stain." [Late 1400s]
See also: clear, name
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

clear somebody’s ˈname

prove that somebody is innocent: Throughout his years in prison, his family fought to clear his name.
See also: clear, name
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"I would like to post my own drug test results which was taken from an independent body known as EHA on the 27th of August, which shows conclusive evidence "I'd appreciate it if ye could send these videos and the picture into yere different WhatsApp groups to try and clear my name."
'I just want to clear my name kasi yang pag-resign namen nasa kanya na yun (It's up to him if Duterte accepts my resignation) but I just want to clear my name wala ako ginawang masama (I did not do anything wrong),' he explained.
'I went here so that I can clear my name,' she told reporters.
'I hope they will take note of the instructions because I have explained to them in detail a number of reasons to the effect of my desire to clear my name,' he stated.
Responding to the news, Stokes took to Twitter and said, "I am keen to have an opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to do this is when the case comes to trial."
I intend to work faithfully with the EFCC on this alleged investigation so as to clear my name which has been badly damaged, and I will follow up this so-called investigation to its logical conclusion.'
He said: "We are confident it is going to be the start of the journey to clear my name and also give some succour and support to those who have stuck by me over many years."
"However, at least I will now be in a position to fully consider all the evidence against me and to answer the evidence in public and ultimately clear my name in a court of law.
"I want two to three days with my family and once I do that I will hold a detailed press conference to answer all questions to clear my name from spot-fixing." Butt said he hoped his difficult days were behind him.
"I am disappointed with the decision to charge me and hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible," said Terry, who was caught on camera making a remark.
I am determined to totally clear my name and to get back to what I love doing and that is playing cricket for my country," Asif was quoted as saying by
A BRITISH man who faces jail for kissing a woman in Dubai yesterday vowed: "I will fight to clear my name."
"As a result of the abandonment of my appeal, I have been deprived of the opportunity to clear my name through the formal appeal process.
The Work and Pensions Secretary announced he was quitting "to clear my name".
'I have nothing further to add to what I have said previously, namely that I am determined to clear my name but cannot comment further on the allegations due to legal proceedings.