the coast is clear


used to mean that someone can go somewhere or do something without being caught or seen because no one is in the area
OK, the coast is clear—you can come out now!

Examples of the coast is clear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pérez Tejada says there are also lookouts all around, waiting to signal when the patrols have moved on and the coast is clear. David Culver, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 If that doesn’t work, turn right on red when the coast is clear. Miami Herald Staff Report, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 The Triton could stay down for as long as five days, resurfacing when the coast is clear to charge its batteries and phone home. Will Knight, WIRED, 25 July 2023

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“The coast is clear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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