clear one's name
Also, clear oneself. Prove someone (or oneself) innocent. For example, She not only wanted to be acquitted, she wanted to clear her name entirely. This locution employs the verb clear in the sense of “purify” or “wash away a stain.” [Late 1400s]
What’s The #’s Real Name?A hash has referred to stripes on military jackets since as early as 1910. But, in the 1980s, people started using hash to refer to the # symbol.
Tuesday Is Named For A One-handed God Named TiwYes, it’s true, there’s a wild story behind the god who lends his name to Tuesday. Tiw’s remarkable myth involves women with beards (more on that in a bit). Regardless, the past 1,000 years or so have not been kind to this Northern European divinity. Who is Tuesday named for? To make a long story short, it seems that Tiw used to be a big shot, …
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