clear away

phrasal verb

cleared away; clearing away; clears away
: to remove (something) from an area or surface
Just give me a moment to clear all these papers away, then we can sit down at the table.
sometimes used figuratively
They had a long talk and were able to clear away all their misunderstandings.

Examples of clear away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement These creative teams promise fresh contemporary takes on watershed dramas that cleared away the cobwebs of the 19th century stage. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 However, outgoing President Joko Widodo cleared away restraints on presidential power. Anthony Kuhn, NPR, 8 May 2024 The Orthodox Church was, if anything, more rigidly traditional than the Roman Church, and Bartholomew seems to have been inspired by the Vatican reformers’ efforts to clear away the cobwebs. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 His shot from 10 feet away went off the crossbar before the puck was cleared away from the Blackhawks. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 17 Jan. 2024 Instead, the ball was cleared away as far as Walter, who controlled it and blasted a left-footed strike across the face of goal and into the Toronto FC net. Scott Chasen, Kansas City Star, 31 Mar. 2024 Even as officials move swiftly to clear away Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed after being hit by a container ship, the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented push to upgrade its transportation networks. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024 That’s grief, too—just kind of clearing away the clutter. Alex Jhamb Burns, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2024 The death toll from a mass shooting at a concert hall on the outskirts of Moscow Friday evening has risen to at least 133 people, as emergency responders continued to clear away the rubble. Rebecca Rosman, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024

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“Clear away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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