clear name

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

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
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To make express reference to the designation procedure organized by the contracting authority and contain clear name acesteia.
Huffstetler believes Zero Odor has succeeded on QVC because of the product's breakthrough technology and clear name that says what it actually does.
However, with no clear name Anthony - who had photographed him two years earlier as part of a project on homeless people in Newcastle - struggled to find out the truth until he received a surprise phone call from his sister in Liverpool.
Saeed Jasim, acting director of communication and community service at ADFCA said the reasons for violation charges and warnings included the lack of clear name cards on the fish on display, storing fish without ice, displaying de-frozen fish to sell it as fresh, keeping fish in unsuitable plastic boxes, workers not wearing gloves and head covers and other malpractices.
Abu Dhabi: While shopping at some fish stalls, you may find instances of fish being displayed without clear name cards or workers behind the counter not wearing gloves and head covers.
Jassim further added the violations included the lack of clear name cards on the fish on display, storing fish without ice, displaying de-frozen fish to sell as fresh, keeping fish in unsuitable plastic boxes, workers not wearing gloves and head covers and other malpractices.
Jason Fox Facebook campaign to clear name of Huddersfield man Alfred Moore What's the point?
Reading about Azoulas Yurashunas' experience ("With charge dismissed, man seeks to clear name," June 4) was a reminder that the answer might not be so elusive.
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Robinson vow to clear name NORTHERN Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson last night said his cheating MP wife kept him in the dark about her financial dealings with her toyboy lover.
25-watt fixed-mount VHF with a tall antenna; be sure to assign your vessel a simple, clear name in the event you must make a mayday (grave danger) or pan-pan call on channel 16
5 Man begins fight to clear name after appearing on BNP list
Aside from displaying the three Ns attitude, Brits admit they would love to be greeted by staff who are on the ball in terms of communication (73%), have enough time to serve properly (62%), are smiley, happy people (61%), wear a clear name badge (17%) and are easy to spot around the store (16%).
I'm deeply concerned this may have tarnished my previously totally clear name.