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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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