make oneself clear

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make oneself clear

:to make oneself understood usually used in a spoken phrase that expresses anger
  • I want this work finished by this afternoon. Do I make myself clear?

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

clear play
  1. : bright, luminous

  2. : cloudless

  3. : free from mist, haze, or dust

  1. : in a clear manner

  2. : all the way

  1. : to make clear or translucent

  2. : to free from pollution or cloudiness

  3. : to free from accusation or blame : exonerate, vindicate

  1. : a clear space or part

  2. : a high arcing shot over an opponent's head in badminton


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