clear out

verb

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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Last month, Homeland Security police had to clear out activists who occupied an ICE building in the city in protest of President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy toward immigration and the separation of migrant children from their parents. Fox News, "Portland, Ore., to clean up 'disgusting' Occupy ICE camp, calling it biohazard," 26 July 2018 Oxygen is a natural stimulant that will help wake you up and clear out some of that fogginess. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "How to Cure a Hangover: A Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Morning After," 29 June 2018 This typically changes as the neighborhood matures and the builders clear out. Kenya Burell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Which home is right for you — new or resale?," 20 May 2018 The Mets had yet to clear out Harvey's locker as of Saturday afternoon, and his chair in front of his locker even had the free T-Shirt the team gave out as a promotion Friday. Matt Ehalt, USA TODAY, "Mets' Matt Harvey era officially ends with pitcher lacking both allies and results," 5 May 2018 Clough found the disappearance odd, considering that no other racks on campus were cleared out. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Concern, condemnation after Spokane Falls student newspaper reports on sex scandal," 5 Apr. 2018 United are expected to have a defensive clear out at the end of the season, with Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and even Luke Shaw potentially vulnerable. SI.com, "Samuel Umtiti Admits He Has 'Low' Buyout Clause As He Confirms Man Utd Interest," 2 Apr. 2018 But first, officials had to clear out more than a dozen homeless people living in tents on the sidewalks, in what advocates said was a vivid example of the downside of gentrification. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "‘Street life is closing in’: Art project in NoMA temporarily displaces homeless," 6 Mar. 2018 Then, the five Claver siblings — four brothers and one sister — had to clear out a home filled with memories. Danielle Braff, chicagotribune.com, "Painful parting: Selling childhood home can be emotional, financial challenge," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of clear out

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of clear out was in 1613

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