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clear away

1. To move someone or something aside, especially if it causes an obstruction or is no longer needed. Now that I've cleared away those overgrown bushes, our living room gets so much more sunlight! Tell the busboys to go and clear away all the dinner plates so that we can start serving dessert.
2. To move away from something. The sound of approaching sirens caused most of the partiers to clear away.
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clear something away

to take something away. Please clear the children's toys away. Would you clear away the dishes?
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clear away

v.
1. To remove something that is covering some area, especially something that is no longer being used: She cleared away the snow on the sidewalk so that no one would slip. I cleared the dishes away after dinner.
2. To move away from some place: He cleared away from the dangerous cliff. The crowd cleared away when the police arrived.
3. To make someone or some group move away from some place: The troopers cleared the crowd away from the crime scene. The police cleared away the crowd in preparation for the celebrity's arrival.
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References in classic literature ?
It was hard getting into my dress alone, and I hadn't time to eat but a mouthful, and just at the last minute, when I honestly--HONESTLY --would have thought about clearing away and locking up, I looked at the clock and knew I could hardly get back to school in time to form in the line; and I thought how dreadful it would be to go in late and get my first black mark on a Friday afternoon, with the minister's wife and the doctor's wife and the school committee all there
All hands now set to work cutting down trees, clearing away thickets, and marking out the place for the residence, storehouse, and powder magazine, which were to be built of logs and covered with bark.
The schooner was run into the wind, and while the hands were clearing away the stern boat, Queequeg, stripped to the waist, darted from the side with a long living arc of a leap.
They stopped one day at the foot of a high mountain, and, clearing away the brush and stones at a certain place, an entrance to a great cavern was revealed.
Sources tell CBC News that Canada is close to clearing away legal hurdles that stand in the way of a combat mission in Syria.
Contract notice: Services related to cleaning and clearing away snow, period 2 years with effect from the 2014-2015 winter season:
He says council workers are failing to cut all the grass on the green and are not clearing away the cuttings once they are done.
Work will include clearing away litter, painting lock gates and cleaning graffiti, as well as starting a community arts project and canal warden scheme.
And finally SusieLlan uploaded a picture of Mona Jones and granddaughter Becky clearing away the Easter Sunday lunch at the Headlands Care Home, Llangollen
Neighbours had spent two hours clearing away the leaves in time for Christmas.
Biologists said the fire could help the 30 bighorn sheep in Cobblestone Mountain, by clearing away chaparral and oak trees so they can get a better view of their predators and avoid them.
The Mosquito device - which is inaudible to most people over 20 but very irritating to anyone younger - won praise for clearing away yobs from shopping centres, takeaway shops and street corners.
After the war, popular sentiment contrived to discourage the East German Communist authorities from clearing away the Frauenkirche's ruins and its blackened stones lay untouched for decades.
This past January, snowstorms in Minnesota buried the monument, and due to disagreement about exactly whose responsibility clearing away the snow was, it remained covered with snow for longer than some people thought was appropriate.
The city was clearing away Poletown, a working-class community in Detroit that included about 1,400 homes and 140 businesses, to make room for a General Motors assembly plant.