Nearby words

  1. cleansing,
  2. cleansing tissue,
  3. cleanskin,
  4. cleanthes,
  5. cleanup,
  6. clear and present danger,
  7. clear as a bell,
  8. clear as crystal,
  9. clear as mud,
  10. clear away


    in the clear,
    1. absolved of blame or guilt; free: He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
    2. en clair.

Origin of clear

1250–1300; Middle English clere < Anglo-French, Old French cler < Latin clārus

Related forms

Synonym study

3. See clean. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clear off

clear off


(intr, adverb) informal to go away: often used imperatively

Derived Formsclearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun

Word Origin for clear

C13 clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious

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Word Origin and History for clear off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with clear off

clear off


See clear out, def. 1.


Become clear after cloudiness, fog, etc., as in I hope this fog clears off before morning. This phrase, first recorded in 1816, is heard less often today, clear alone often sufficing (I hope the fog clears). Also see clear up.


In addition to the idioms beginning with clear

  • clear as a bell
  • clear as crystal
  • clear as mud
  • clear away
  • clear off
  • clear one's name
  • clear out
  • clear the air
  • clear the decks
  • clear the table
  • clear up
  • clear with

also see:

  • coast is clear
  • free and clear
  • have a clear conscience
  • in the clear
  • loud and clear
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • see one's way (clear)
  • steer clear of
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