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Of a professional athlete, to be released by a professional team and then not claimed by any other team in the league. If we demote him, do you think he'll clear waivers? I just don't want another team in our division to get ahold of him.
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To be unclaimed by another professional club and therefore liable to be assigned to a minor-league club or released.
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