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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A couple of theories have been advanced to explain this reaction: Police had no hand in the murder and wanted to clear name and; police are responsible and needed to divert attacks.
Summary: Niculcea seeks to clear name in a series of cases which she claims she had no clue about
We determined to choose a clear name that shows the purpose of the website and its goals.
No clear name has come up in the PML-N for the office of Punjab president of the party, an office which is going to be vacant after election of Shehbaz Sharif as permanent president of the party at the General Council meeting on March 6.
FIGHT TO CLEAR NAME Froome celebrates victory at La Vuelta but must now explain a 'spike' in his drugs test
A friend of mine who works in a social media marketing company and oversees a number of social media accounts confirms that "almost 99 percent of trolling I face in the accounts I am supervising come from accounts with fake names and photos." "I deal with a lot of angry customers, but it rarely happens that an account with a clear name and photo resort to trolling either by using abusive language or sending inappropriate photos.
A warrant should be in writing, It should be signed by the presiding officer of the Court, it should bear the seal of the court, it should have the name and designation of the person who is to execute the arrest, it must indicate the clear name and address of the accused, it should state the offence with which an accused is charged, it should indicate the date of the issue of the warrant of arrest
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.
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?