clear out


cleared out; clearing out; clears out

transitive verb

: to drive out or away usually forcibly

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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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of clear out was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Clear out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

clear out

: to go or run away often suddenly or secretly
a horse broke loose and cleared out
cleared out without paying me back
: to drive out or away usually with force
police cleared out the demonstrators
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