clear of (something)

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clear of (something)

1. adjective Away from or avoiding (something). Keep clear of Mr. Jamison, he's very irritable today. If you boys are going to play outside, please stay clear of the street.
2. verb To exonerate oneself or another of a criminal charge or allegation of wrongdoing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "clear" and "of." Vince hired a high-powered attorney to try to clear himself of the crime.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*clear of something

without touching something; away from something. (*Typically: keep ~; move ~; remain ~; stand ~.) Please stand clear of the doors while the train is moving. Make sure the dog moves clear of the driveway before backing the car up.
See also: clear, of

clear someone of something

to show that a person is innocent; to exonerate someone of a crime. (See also clear someone's name.) An investigation cleared me of any wrongdoing. They were unable to clear themselves of the charges.
See also: clear, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"You must clear yourself of THAT, my good friend." [All the clerks look fixedly at Dutocq.]
"Keep an open mind, clear yourself of your past, be cordial and nice."
You'll be amazed at how quickly you can clear yourself of your burden of debt with a plan that is laser-focused rather than all over the place.
"The efforts you are making to clear yourself of drugs are to your credit," he told Darby.
"You have to clear yourself of that kind of thinking and say to yourself: 'Right, we have to do as well as we can and if we do that and get through, then great.'