all clear


Definition of all clear

: a signal that a danger has passed

Examples of all clear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Occupants of Craig’s office and nearby offices were given the all clear about 2:45 p.m., roughly an hour after authorities were notified of the threat, Smith said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Bomb threat empties Angie Craig's Burnsville office until all clear issued," 3 Aug. 2020 Pleas continue to avoid the Lee@Monument area until the all clear is given. NBC News, "Armed man on roof overlooking Robert E. Lee statue, site of protests in Richmond, taken into custody," 20 June 2020 Bolan ushers Clay into his office and then Bolan gives the all clear. Martha Sorren,, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 Martin said the bikeshare is awaiting an all clear from the city to reopen the downtown stations. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Cities criticized for shutting down bikeshare amid protests, pandemic," 3 June 2020 Once that's all clear: Take food and water with you – specifically non-perishables in case restaurants and stores are closed along the way. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Weighing whether to travel this summer during the coronavirus pandemic? What to consider," 20 May 2020 The building will be reoccupied once Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service gives the all clear. Carol Robinson |, al, "1st Birmingham police officer diagnosed with COVID-19 after off-duty exposure," 20 May 2020 But Torsten Slok, chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, says consumers will continue to be cautious even after authorities signal the all clear. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "Coronavirus Recession Looms, Its Course ‘Unrecognizable’," 21 Mar. 2020 My iFixit purchasing team has been trapped in Taiwan since January, waiting for the all clear to go back to work in our Chinese supply chain. Kyle Wiens, Wired, "The Right to Repair Will Help Us Endure Outbreaks," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of all clear

1853, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2020

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“All clear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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