free and clear

idiom

: without owing any money
I've paid off my mortgage and now I own the property free and clear.

Examples of free and clear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While 54% of baby boomer homeowners own their homes free and clear, according to Redfin, most of those with mortgages have low rates. Laurel Wamsley, NPR, 18 Apr. 2024 With all the re-naming of some public streets and buildings because of shameful origins, this one stands free and clear of conflict. Ellen Murphy, Kansas City Star, 25 Mar. 2024 Your home is yours, free and clear, and that hefty monthly debit can go toward fun, family, and living life to the fullest. Wes Moss, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 After spending the last 10 weeks in lockup, Kapri will walk away free and clear of his federal case, Cohen confirmed. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 He was recently offered a farm of 160 acres of land, free and clear, in exchange for these volumes, but declined the trade. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2024 In a serendipitous turn of events, the department store signed the character’s rights over to May, free and clear. Vince Guerrieri, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 Selling its Medicare Advantage business—likely to a cash-rich regional or national health plan—enables Cigna to pursue a merger with another national player with a strong footprint in government programs—think Humana and Centene—free and clear of anti-trust issues. Sachin H. Jain, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Nearly 40% of all mortgages in this country are paid off free and clear. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023

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“Free and clear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20and%20clear. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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