leave the field clear for (someone)

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leave the field clear for (someone)

To remove oneself from competition with someone else, thereby giving them a clear or easier path to victory or success. With the returning state champion dropping out of the tournament, the field has been left clear for last year's runner-up to claim the title. To be honest, I'd rather withdraw from consideration and leave the field clear for you to get the job.
See also: clear, field, leave
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