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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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.
See also: and, clear, free

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]
See also: and, clear, free