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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Joe and Joe were briskly clearing the table for the pie and pudding.
Free of the room, the boy was not slow in taking his departure; when he had gone, and the child was occupied in clearing the table, the old man said:
Then, without a sigh, she turned her attention to the room, and began clearing the table and setting it in order.
She had worked methodically, rapidly, and well, emptying the drawers, clearing the tables in her special apartment of that big house, with something silently passionate in her thoroughness; taking everything belonging to her and some things of less unquestionable ownership, a jewelled penholder, an ivory and gold paper knife (the house was full of common, costly objects), some chased silver boxes presented by de Barral and other trifles; but the photograph of Flora de Barral, with the loving inscription, which stood on her writing desk, of the most modern and expensive style, in a silver-gilt frame, she neglected to take.
Matthias Ratsch has specialized in the @Home league, in the everyday tasks, such as clearing the table, give the purchase in cabinets and other human-robot interactions, as well as service tasks must be implemented.
After a safety battle on the yellow, Higgins slotted it in with a fine cut before sinking a long green and clearing the table to triumph.
He followed this up with a tough semi against Redcar potter Harris, again showing his fighting spirit to come back from 10-9 behind to level before clearing the table from the break for the win.
Selby admitted afterwards that winning the second frame had been crucial in his match against Glasgow's McManus after he nicked it by clearing the table from brown to black.
Wilson made the most of the chance by clearing the table with his second century of the night - a superb 119.
Then I tackled my mother again as she was clearing the table after tea.
But Smith, the only profes-sionaon the SWOT, fought back brilliantly to level at 7-7, before clearing the table off the break in the decider.
I'm trying to get my kids to do more Around the house but they say their friends get extra pocket money for doing things like keeping their bedroom tidy and clearing the table.
Johal, himself a former Open champion back in 2000, responded with a century break, but he was forced to concede second best to Read, the Lindley WMC man having another three breaks above the half-century mark, clearing the table twice for frame victories.
His matches tend to get quite scrappy and he also seems none too bothered about clearing the table once the frame has been won.
It's OK if kids do household chores such as clearing the table or emptying the trash--but not for a salary.