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

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Those edits are made on blood cells that have been removed from the body and are then reinserted after the patient has undergone a procedure to clear out diseased blood precursor cells. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Despite Controversy, Human Studies of CRISPR Move Forward in the U.S.," 13 Aug. 2019 If there are no attacks this summer, people will probably return to their complacent selves, and the gift shops that cleared out their shark merchandise in the wake of the fatality will restock all that fin kitsch. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 The river will remain high throughout the fall because the Corps of Engineers plans to continue releasing large amounts of water into the river to clear out space in the reservoirs ahead of winter. Washington Post, "Third round of flooding in 2019 likely along Missouri River," 16 Sep. 2019 Head there after the summertime crowds have cleared out in September for the perfect combination of balmy weather, clear oceans and lower prices. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2019 In the weeks after the attack, sanitation workers helped clear out rotten food in the cafeterias of downtown buildings. New York Times, "Families of Sanitation Workers, Unsung 9/11 Heroes, to Get Health Benefits," 10 Sep. 2019 The weather service said rain may be lighter Wednesday and Thursday, making for a better time to clear out storm drains. oregonlive, "Portland theater box office floods Tuesday as area braces for more heavy rain," 10 Sep. 2019 Al-Shaair, 22, was one of the last remaining 49ers as the locker room cleared out after Thursday’s exhibition finale. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "What fueled 49ers only undrafted rookie to make the cut?," 1 Sep. 2019 Englewood made headlines in June when police cleared out a homeless camp that had sprung up along the South Platte River. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Efforts to combat homelessness in Denver’s suburbs intensify as problems persist," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of clear out

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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