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clear out

1. To remove things from a space or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." The kids always seem to relish clearing out their desks at the end of the school year. We need to clear some of this junk out of the garage so that I can actually put my car in it!
2. To leave a place, perhaps quickly. The staff cleared out when they saw the boss asking for volunteers to work on the weekend. Clear out, everyone. We are now closed.
3. To impel or force to leave a place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." If we call the cops, they'll clear out that raucous house party immediately. The fire alarm cleared the building out in a hurry.
4. To become or cause to become empty, as of a place or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clear" and "out." Let's wait to leave until the parking lot has cleared out more.
See also: clear, out

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.
See also: clear, table