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

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Spring is officially just weeks away, giving bathroom stockpilers more than one excuse to clear out packed medicine cabinet shelves. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Drugstore Beauty Staples Every Woman Should Own," 1 Mar. 2019 Airbnb is expecting more than 42,000 guest arrivals in the Windsor area, where the wedding will be held, with many residents clearing out and cashing in., "BJ’s going back to the public markets," 18 May 2018 Residents had two hours to clear out before a shower of embers, and then flames, arrived. Joseph Serna,, "Worry mounts as California braces for another wildfire season," 14 June 2019 If the road closure doesn't keep you away, the rain Houston is experiencing Wednesday and Thursday should clear out before the weekend. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Freeway closure will make travel to Galveston difficult June 7-9," 5 June 2019 Several hours after the protesters first arrived, most had cleared out. New York Times, "Rent Laws: Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Debate Escalates," 4 June 2019 Step 2: How to clean the inside of a BBQ grill With the grates removed, brush down the inside to clear out any loose particles that have collected in the bottom and around the sides. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 And clearing out clutter can make any room more relaxing. Washington Post, "ASK A DESIGNER: 4 simple steps toward a healthier home," 6 June 2019 Also, remove things like trash, wood, and rock piles from around the home and clear out any nests that belong to birds and other animals. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Beware of ‘Kissing Bugs’ This Season—They Can Potentially Cause a Deadly Illness," 25 Apr. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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