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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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It clears the table for a sale," said John Auers, senior vice president of Turner, Mason and Co, a Dallas engineering consultancy.
After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
Most of us merrily leave leftovers on these trays while a smiling attendant clears the table.
Example from Parent: She is more willing to help; she now goes to the pantry and clears the table.
As Knickerbocker clears the table, putting away food and cleaning up the crumbs, Medlar rinses the dishes and loads them into the dishwasher.
He was treated in the Commons tea room on Tuesday as if he were the person who clears the tables, not the Prime Minister.