clear out

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
Recent Examples on the Web As a way to clear out old inventory before the new year, many retailers are slashing the prices on their most covetable wares. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "The Best New Year Sales of 2021 You Can Shop Right Now," 28 Dec. 2020 Thanks to holidays like Boxing Day and the need to clear out inventory before the end of the year, a plethora of retailers are still in markdown mode offering 2021-ready styles at serious discounts — including one of our favorites: Reformation. Emily Ruane,, "Here’s What To Buy From Reformation’s FINAL 2020 Sale," 28 Dec. 2020 The coot is the late Brian Dennehy, bringing low-key charm to his friendship with Lucas Jaye, who plays a kid helping his mom clear out her late sister's garbage house. Star Tribune, "Bring some (Darlene) Love into your home: Best things to watch this week," 17 Dec. 2020 Retailers tend to use sale holidays as an excuse to clear out old stock, but Google cut prices on some of its brand-new hardware for Black Friday this year—like its Pixel 5 phone and Nest Audio speaker that just launched last month. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices," 26 Nov. 2020 Sometimes, retailers may be trying to clear out products that don’t sell well otherwise. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best Black Friday deals 2020: The best early deals and sales at Samsung, Best Buy, Walmart, and more," 10 Nov. 2020 That's because, as a consumer spending expert told The Street in 2011, retailers will typically offer discounts of 50% to 80% on holiday merchandise once the holiday has passed to help clear out their inventory. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "You can get massive discounts on Halloween decorations, candy and more for next year now," 30 Oct. 2020 When the talk turned to climate change, Pence echoed Trump in arguing that the wildfires raging through California have less to do with altered weather patterns than with a reluctance to clear out dead trees and underbrush. Joe Garofoli,, "Kamala Harris vs. Mike Pence takeaways: Coronavirus, ‘I’m speaking’ and California’s cameo," 7 Oct. 2020 Italian scientists reported in 2014 that air pollutants can increase the viral load in the lungs and reduce the ability of specialized cells called macrophages to clear out viral invaders. Luke Montrose, CBS News, "Smoke from wildfires can worsen COVID-19 risk, putting firefighters in even more danger," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

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“Clear out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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