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]
See also: clear, name

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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But a statement from the Barton family said: "We are determined to fight all the charges against us and clear our names of the allegations brought against us.
Bryn, 55, said: "All we want to do is clear our names, because we think this cloud of suspicion still hangs over our heads and we still get these snide remarks.
We are calling for a public inquiry because we want people to know what we all went through - and to clear our names.
We are calling for a public inquiry because we want people to know what we went through - and to clear our names.
Barnett nevertheless said: "We are not prepared to accept what has happened and we will do what it takes to clear our names.
Barnett said: 'We are not prepared to accept what has happened and we will do what it takes to clear our names.