clear the table

clear the table

To remove objects from a table. This phrase is often said after a meal, as one removes dishes, silverware, and leftover food from the table. I'll clear the table, and Chris will wash the dishes. Clear the table of all that junk so I can put down these placemats.
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clear the table

to remove the dishes and other eating utensils from the table after a meal. (Compare this with set the table.) Will you please help clear the table? After you clear the table, we'll play cards.
See also: clear, table
References in classic literature ?
Mildred came in to clear the table, and he heard the clatter of plates as she washed up.
Now, she thought, they could not long delay coming to clear the table, and that Felton would then reappear.
Aunt Jane helped clear the table and put away the food, while Miranda entertained in the parlor; but Rebecca and the infant Burches washed the dishes and held high carnival in the kitchen, doing only trifling damage--breaking a cup and plate that had been cracked before, emptying a silver spoon with some dishwater out of the back door (an act never permitted at the brick house), and putting coffee grounds in the sink.
But as I descended the companion stairs to clear the table I heard him shriek as the first bucket of water struck him.
She did not go out again that afternoon because when Martha returned with her pen and ink and paper she was obliged to clear the table and carry the plates and dishes downstairs and when she got into the kitchen Mrs.
The servant came in to clear the table. Emily stepped aside for a minute to give some directions about her luggage.
After this declaration she began to clear the table, preserving a thoughtful silence.
Clear the table Dinner with family and friends often means spending longer sitting around the table.
I felt like I was going to the clear the table every time I got in.
Quoting something Hollywood attorney Skip Brittenham once told him, Winkler said: "If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you and tonight I got to clear the table."
However when one of our staff went to clear the table and found a very rude note.
3:30pm: Time to clear the table and get ready for dessert.
This was typified by Reg Watts who fluked the green and then proceeded to clear the table, much to Jon Mycek Junior's dismay.
This was costly for Whaley as the miss rule could now be enforced, and Lemons took the first chance he got to clear the table and settle a 3-3 draw.
"I love Neil's attitude that every time he gets on a break he wants to clear the table - it's what I wanted to do.