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Idioms for clear

    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

synonym study for clear

3. See clean.

OTHER WORDS FROM clear

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British Dictionary definitions for in the clear

Derived forms of clear

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 in the clear (1 of 2)

in the clear

1

Free from danger or suspicion of wrongdoing, as in The evidence showed that the suspect was actually in the clear. [1920s]

2

Having enough money to make a profit, as in When they added up the box-office returns, they found they were several thousand dollars in the clear. [Slang; 1920s]

Idioms and Phrases with in the clear (2 of 2)

clear

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