clear your desk

clear (one's) desk

To remove everything from one's desk. This phrase can be used both in schools (as an instruction before a test) and in workplaces (as an instruction to one who has been fired). All right, everyone, we're going to start the spelling test, so clear your desks. That underperforming employee was asked to clear his desk and leave the building.
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clear your desk

leave your job, especially having been dismissed.
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Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups, and dirty plates.
Maybe Deano saved a few cards from his business sale The receipt of which could make Clarky go pale It may say 'Clear your Desk and Leave Your Car-keys' So come on Town, SORT IT OUT PLEASE!!
To clear your desk and your mind, experts suggest these tips:
But if your contract has a clause about enhanced notice and you are told to clear your desk you lose your legal right to be paid.
First, clear your desk and prepare for a scientific experiment.
Here is a selection of desktop gear to help clear your desk, and hopefully your mind, too:
So here is a small selection of desk top gear and equipment to help clear your desk, and hopefully your mind, too.
* Avoid a blitz of work to clear your desk before you leave (or when you return).
Remember that you are only away for a couple of weeks, so you don't need to completely clear your desk.