free and clear


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free and clear

Without having a competing claim against it, as from a financial institution. After paying on it for five years, I finally own my car free and clear!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

free and clear

without encumbrance, particularly in regard to the ownership of something, After the last payment, Jane owned the car free and clear. If you can't prove that you own the house and the land it stands on free and clear, you can't sell it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

free and clear

Without any legal encumbrance, such as a lien or mortgage. For example, After the mortgage was paid off they owned the house free and clear. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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