clear out

verb
cleared out; clearing out; clears out

Definition of clear out

transitive verb

: to drive out or away usually forcibly

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Examples of clear out in a Sentence

police used tear gas to clear out the demonstrators everyone cleared out as soon as the fire alarm began sounding

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One Mexican official told Human Rights Watch that the US had asked the Mexican government to clear out the plaza where asylum seekers were waiting. Dara Lind, Vox, "The migrant caravan, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, a group of neighbors and firefighters came to help clear out her front and back yard, as well as to assist with packing some of her salvageable things up in boxes. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Video: 83-year-old Pearland woman still living in house gutted from Harvey," 11 July 2018 His teammates had cleared out faster than a Jrue Holiday crossover, leaving the room eerily quiet and Turner as the last man standing to answer questions about a stunning 111-102 defeat to the Pelicans. Joe Freeman, OregonLive.com, "Trail Blazers' mindset morphs from favorite to desperate after Game 2 defeat to Pelicans," 18 Apr. 2018 Blazes clear out underbrush, restore nutrients to the soil, and help some plants germinate. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California has 129 million dead trees. That’s a huge wildfire risk.," 1 Sep. 2018 But if Tuesday's storms clear out earlier in the day on Wednesday, there's potential for severe weather capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and localized flash flooding, Mell said. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Don't get used to those blue skies. Thunderstorms expected this week | The Kansas City Star," 29 Apr. 2018 These will clear out pores, reduce redness, and scrub away dead skin cells (try: Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Facial Cleanser). Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 Real sales lure you in all the same, then send you away with a bunch of cheap stuff, clearing out space for new products to sell. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 He’s alone here a lot these days, now that the show is over and the crew cleared out. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of clear out

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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