clear (something) with (someone)
To get someone's approval or permission to do something. Did you clear this request for funds with the head of finance? Mom said no, but I'll clear it with dad—he'll definitely let us go to the concert.
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clear something with someone or something
to get someone's approval for something. You will have to clear this expenditure with the main office. I will clear your trip with Dad.
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Obtain approval or permission. For example, Before you proceed, you'll have to clear it with the main office. [Mid-1900s]
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