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.
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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.
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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]
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clear somebody’s ˈname

prove that somebody is innocent: Throughout his years in prison, his family fought to clear his name.
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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.
The President] told me to help in clearing our town of illegal drugs so I worked hard to clear my name,' Malones told the Inquirer.
I wanted to let you know I'm doing OK and it goes without saying I intend to clear my name.
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.
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 PakPassion.
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.
Mr Hain, aged 57, said: "In view of the Electoral Commission decision today, I will be resigning 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.
I couldn't sit back and watch my name being dragged through the mud so I asked my lawyer how best to clear my name.