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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The film's second night builds to an intense crescendo, as the Dowalibys - young and poor - struggle to clear their name with heroic assists from David's mother (Dixie Carter) and a relentless detective (solid work from Ed Asner).
The boy, his mother, 16 others with surname 'Maute' and their relatives went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday to clear their names and to show they are not related to any nor are they members of the local terrorist group Maute.
Isang mandato ng aming opisina to extend free legal assistance para i-clear ang pangalan na hindi sila kasama diyan sa Maute na nakikipag-away (The mandate of our office has been to give free legal assistance to clear their names and that they are not with the Maute fighters),' said Parahiman.
A GROUP of former shipyard workers who were jailed more than 20 years ago after mounting a picket line during an industrial dispute have called on the Prime Minister to help clear their names.
THE couple at the centre of the internet baby scandal are appearing on stage to clear their names.
GEORGE O'BOYLE and Kevin Thomas are prepared to risk a worldwide football ban to clear their names of drug-taking.
The average victim can spend more than 175 hours of personal time and more than $800 to clear their names and restore their good credit ratings.
Reynante Dayto, 41, a former jail officer of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and his nephew, Raymart, 31, sought police officials in the region to clear their names after they were identified as among those supposedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
In a telephone conversation with THE NEW AMERICAN, Agent McLaughlin pointed out that he and his BNI colleagues had filed the civil rights lawsuit because they had never been given an opportunity to clear their names.
Other board members said they favored the investigation because they said they wanted to clear their names and restore their reputations.
More than 750,000 people per year fall victim to identity theft, spending an estimated 175 hours of their personal time and more than $800 to clear their names and restore their good credit ratings.
An incumbent mayor and a former mayor from the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region who were on the list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drug trafficking went to the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame early Monday to clear their names.
A Malacanang official on Sunday urged retired and incumbent officials whom President Rodrigo Duterte have linked to illegal drugs to surrender so that they can clear their names.
Office of the Controller of the Currency stated that approximately 500,000 people per year fall victim to identity theft, each spending an estimated 175 hours of their personal time and more than $800 to clear their names and restore their good credit ratings.
He issued a 24-hour grace period for them to vacate their posts and clear their names.