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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And then the claxon went, after such a long wait, and they gave us the all-clear.
We found it was more good ground than good to firm, so we spoke to the boss in Dubai and he gave us the all-clear.
We had to run down 10 flights of stairs half-dressed and then wait in the streets until the firemen gave us the all-clear.
We weren't allowed to go out until they gave us the all-clear, as we had to go to Pontypridd Street.
After examining me and the baby they gave us the all-clear to stay at home.
As a result the police gave us the all-clear to open the turnstiles at 2.