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
Recent Examples on the Web The visitors' locker room at Lincoln Financial Field had cleared out quickly following the Philadelphia Eagles’ 22-14 victory. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Bears' season hangs in balance as Mitchell Trubisky fails to step up yet again," 3 Nov. 2019 The Cloverdale camp cleared out quickly, but what happens next for the migrants wasn’t yet clear. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Quadruple homicide shakes Orinda," 1 Nov. 2019 Ben Florsheim hasn’t cleared out his desk at Sen. Chris Murphy’s Hartford office. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Ben Florsheim, the 27-year-old Democrat running for mayor in Middletown, hopes people buy into his optimism, vision for the city," 28 Oct. 2019 Spurs look set to have a new year clear out, with a host of names potentially being ousted from the club. SI.com, "Victor Wanyama Finally Comments on Failed Summer Move Away From Tottenham," 14 Oct. 2019 Better clear out several shelves of storage space, vinylheads, because your record collection is about to expand into infinity. Wired, "Cut Your Own Vinyl Records With This $1,100 Machine," 10 Oct. 2019 An estimated 3 million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were warned to clear out, and highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Marko Álvarez, Washington Post, "Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019 An estimated 3 million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina had been warned to clear out, and highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Marko Álvarez, Time, "The Death Toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Devastated Bahamas Climbs to 20," 5 Sep. 2019 An estimated 3 million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were warned to clear out, and highways leading inland were turned into one-way evacuation routes. Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

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“Clear out.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear%20out. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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