Definition of clear the way in English:

clear the way


  • Remove an obstacle or hindrance to allow progress.

    ‘the ruling could be enough to clear the way for impeachment proceedings’
    in imperative ‘Stand back, there! Clear the way!’
    • ‘The appeals board has attached just five minor conditions to planning for the €630 million route, clearing the way for diggers to move in on site in spring of 2007.’
    • ‘The union is trying to sell its latest deal by promising that the pay entrenchment clause will be removed, clearing the way for further secondary pay increases.’
    • ‘He said on Radio 4 that he had pleaded guilty to the disciplinary charges in ‘a tactical move’ to clear the way for his bid to become mayor.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the hacksaw lashed out at anything that stood in its path, clearing the way just enough to create forward progress.’
    • ‘Mindful of colleges' concerns, the Internal Revenue Service put off implementing these requirements, and the congressional action now clears the way to remove the roles.’
    • ‘The move clears the way for the EU to apply the tariffs later this year if talks with the US fail to yield a compromise solution.’
    • ‘The move cleared the way for a new player to get involved.’
    • ‘The surprise move clears the way for closing arguments, expected to begin as early as Wednesday.’
    • ‘I also hope that this will now clear the way for speedy progress on the initiative to find a suitable home for a memorial to the Women of the Second World War.’
    • ‘We are there to breach obstacles and clear the way for the fighting troops.’
    move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back
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