clear the way

idiom

1
: to make the area through which someone or something is trying to pass open and able to be used
She directed traffic to clear the way for the ambulance.
2
: to allow something to happen or develop
The truce would clear the way for further discussions between the two groups.

Examples of clear the way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several Israeli tanks fired warning shots in an apparent attempt to clear the way for trucks ferrying food supplies on their way from a new U.S.-built pier. Jack Jeffery, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2024 The Board of Carroll County Commissioners are scheduled to vote Thursday on separate contracts totaling $4.6 million with Comcast and Verizon that, if approved, would clear the way for more access. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2024 Campuses have tried tactics from appeasement to threats of disciplinary action to resolve the protests and clear the way for upcoming commencements. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 8 May 2024 To clear the way for launch the following May, the valves in a new service module were replaced and the system was modified to prevent water intrusion on the launch pad. William Harwood, CBS News, 7 May 2024 The stock has dropped below $23 after nearing $80 last month as euphoria fades around the stock and the company made moves to clear the way for some investors to sell shares. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 The development proposal envisions the demolition of the two office buildings to clear the way for the housing project. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 The legislation would clear the way to build more of a border wall and set new restrictions for asylum seekers. USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 While some senior lawmakers have said the Sweden vote would clear the way for the F-16s, others have insisted that there are broader problems with Turkey, including human rights violations and ongoing Turkish attacks on Kurdish U.S. allies in Syria. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'clear the way.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near clear the way

Cite this Entry

“Clear the way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear%20the%20way. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!