clear 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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Enter Bronfman to play Prokofiev at such a pace and with such bravado as to knock my morbidity clear out of the ring. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Kansas City Symphony Chorus’ requiem will offer a balm for the soul | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Image The explosion, which happened at midday on a Sunday, jolted the city and created a situation that only intensified after false reports spread that the police were closing and clearing out Central Park. New York Times, "A Photo of a Bag, and a Fresh Push for Clues in Central Park Blast," 4 July 2018 Trimmer was getting ready to move out of the apartment on June 1, and had cleared out most of the items in his room, save for the bedframe and a rug and mattress. Steve Annear,, "‘REWARD!’: Student scrambling to get back heirloom bedframe plucked from the curbside," 14 June 2018 Alaro's Facebook page features several photos of Rubicon relics found while clearing out the building, including a box of old bottle caps and the original floor plan. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Spanish-style brewery with tapas announces opening date in former Rubicon building," 7 June 2018 Police have cleared out some 28,000 migrants from Paris camps in the past three years, but the arrivals continue. Fox News, "Police in Paris clear out additional migrant camps in city," 4 June 2018 All the games have been played, and the bleachers have been cleared out at Frasch Park., "LHSAA 2018 state softball recap: Photos, story links, scores," 30 Apr. 2018 Things clear out by sunset and beyond as a much drier and cooler air mass settles in overnight. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Scattered showers early, clearing overnight. Warm and comfortable on Monday.," 24 June 2018 Besides the danger surrounding the demolition, the theater already has been cleared out. Nicholas Deshais, The Seattle Times, "Imax demolition in Spokane fast-tracked to start Monday," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of clear out

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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