Idioms

    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.
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British Dictionary definitions for clear up (1 of 2)

clear up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to explain or solve (a mystery, misunderstanding, etc)
to put (a place or thing that is disordered) in order
(intr) (of the weather) to become brighter

noun clear-up (ˈklɪərˌʌp)

the act or an instance of clearing up

British Dictionary definitions for clear up (2 of 2)

Derived Forms

clearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun

Word Origin for clear

C13 clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious
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Idioms and Phrases with clear up (1 of 2)

clear up

1

Clarify, explain, solve, as in Let's try to clear up this misunderstanding. [Late 1600s]


2

Become clear, as in After the storm, it cleared up very quickly. [Early 1600s]

3

Return something to a normal condition, cure, as in This new salve will clear up your rash.

Idioms and Phrases with clear up (2 of 2)

clear

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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