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clear the table

To remove objects from a table. This phrase is often said after a meal, as one removes dishes, silverware, and leftover food from the table. I'll clear the table, and Chris will wash the dishes. Clear the table of all that junk so I can put down these placemats.
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clear the table

to remove the dishes and other eating utensils from the table after a meal. (Compare this with set the table.) Will you please help clear the table? After you clear the table, we'll play cards.
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References in classic literature ?
However, the steward, during our sleep, had cleared the table.
They finished supper, and while Mattie cleared the table Ethan went to look at the cows and then took a last turn about the house.
When he had finished she cleared the table and then read to him a story from one of the books.
Supper finished, she cleared the table and began washing the dishes at the sink.
Vincy began, when the servant had cleared the table.
I had my pipe and my drop of grog afterwards; and then I cleared the table, and washed the crockery, and cleaned the knives and forks, and put the things away, and swept up the hearth.
And so, with more than his usual heartiness, he dived into his cupboard, and hauled out an old knuckle-bone of ham, and two or three bottles of beer, together with the solemn pewter only used on state occasions; while Arthur, equally elated at the easy accomplishment of his first act of volition in the joint establishment, produced from his side a bottle of pickles and a pot of jam, and cleared the table.
After several abortive attempts to get Affery to look at him while she cleared the table and washed the tea-service, Arthur thought of an expedient which Flora might originate.
They talked over the new plan while old Hannah cleared the table, then out came the four little work baskets, and the needles flew as the girls made sheets for Aunt March.
The cleaner came and cleared the table and dumped everything in the dustbin.
Jimmy - wearing a baseball cap - cleared the table by potting 36 balls at a remarkable rate of one every 16 seconds.
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Wilson (pictured) then cleared the table with a well-constructed 93 to take the second 95-20 and make the scores all square.
But O'Sullivan cleared the table with a 73 and will play either old rival John Higgins or world champion Stuart Bingham in the last four.
But O'Sullivan cleared the table with a 73, and said afterwards: "It was a good first red.