the all clear

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the all clear

: an indication that a situation is no longer dangerous
  • "How will we know when it's safe to leave?" "I'll give you the all clear by blowing a whistle."
  • Doctors have given her the all clear and she should be back at work next week.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

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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