One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Prepare for an event or course of action by dealing with anything that might hinder progress.‘the company's sale of Australian investments cleared the decks for expansion in the UK’
- ‘For the last year he's been clearing the decks of any issue that might have caused a problem when the campaign proper began.’
- ‘Your Honours, may I clear the decks so far as the facts which of course are not as factual inquiry before this Court but without which we cannot win.’
- ‘The Administration is clearing the decks for the second term.’
- ‘It's about clearing the decks for the quickest possible election date of August 7.’
- ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
- ‘This is a government that is clearing the decks.’
- ‘‘Obviously now things have blown and people are clearing the decks and I just think anyone who's got anything to say should say it now,’ she said.’
- ‘He is to abandon two central planks of the government's crime legislation as he clears the decks before announcing the start of the general election campaign, expected in the next two days.’
- ‘But it was a case of clearing the decks, then having a look at what was left, and trying to build from there.’
- ‘It was always spelt out to me that I would have to trim the wage bill and the playing staff and there has been quite a bit of clearing the decks.’
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