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.
See also: clear, name
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

clear somebody’s ˈname

prove that somebody is innocent: Throughout his years in prison, his family fought to clear his name.
See also: clear, name
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According to the presiding Justice, 'Whether a person or company or person has been accused of an infraction of the law, the duty that a senior counsel owes by the privileges bestowed on him is to help the accused person or company clear their name through due legal process and not to create the impression that his duty is to erect roadblocks to frustrate justice from running its course.
Abubakar Abdullahi Bata, respectively, the council chairmen said that they withdrew the case willingly to enable them to clear their names by attending to the invitation of the state House of Assembly.
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"We want [the government] to clear their names. And we want justice."
THE couple at the centre of the internet baby scandal are appearing on stage to clear their names.
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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.
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. Their detractors accused them of criminal misconduct, but never pursued the matter in court.
GEORGE O'BOYLE and Kevin Thomas are prepared to risk a worldwide football ban to clear their names of drug-taking.
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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.
He issued a 24-hour grace period for them to vacate their posts and 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.