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the signal that an air raid or other danger is over.
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Origin of all clear
First recorded in 1915–20
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How to use all clear in a sentence
These all-clear fliers are filtered through special lines for expediency.How to Skip the Airport Security Line During Thanksgiving|Nina Strochlic|November 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After a few minutes, the soldier gave the all-clear and they kept driving.Where That Infamous Drone Photo Came From|Josh Dzieza|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A co-worker locked the door, and a few more tense minutes passed before the “all-clear” came.Gunman Kills Two People and Himself in Shooting at Oregon Mall|Winston Ross|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And even the blogs covering this seismic event moment by moment were reluctant to sound the all-clear.Earthquake Shakes the Philippines|Christopher Dickey|August 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The bugles sounded All-clear in many keys all round the ear's horizon; their sound matched the waning moonlight.Living Alone|Stella Benson
When the all-clear signal sounded inside the Shed, nobody paid any attention.Space Platform|Murray Leinster
"Think o' when the all-clear bugle sounds in Fulham," responded Bindle.Adventures of Bindle|Herbert George Jenkins
He remembered that Webster had promised to come and knock an all-clear signal on the door.The Girl on the Boat|Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for all clear
a signal, usually a siren, indicating that some danger, such as an air raid, is over
an indication that obstacles are no longer present; permission to proceedhe received the all clear on the plan
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