give (one) the all-clear

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give (one) the all-clear

To signal or indicate to one that something has been resolved or that it is safe to proceed. After the police officer gave us the all-clear, we were able to continue down the road. Yeah, I had the flu but I'll be back at work tomorrow—the doctor just gave me the all-clear.
See also: give

give (or get) the all-clear

indicate (or get a sign) that a dangerous situation is now safe.
In wartime a signal or siren is often sounded to indicate that a bombing raid is over.
See also: give

give somebody/get the all-ˈclear

give somebody/get a sign that a particular situation is no longer dangerous: She got the all-clear from the doctor and was sent home from the hospital.This idiom refers to the signal that is sounded in wartime when a bombing raid is over.
See also: get, give, somebody
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The controller gave us the all clear, and I relayed the information to the PC, who began his shutdown procedures.
We were in the pub for a while before they gave us the all clear to go back to our homes.
We were able to move the foot passengers into the terminal building but the cars had to wait until Gardai gave us the all clear to open the car lanes.