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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The move cleared the way for a new player to get involved.’
    • ‘We are there to breach obstacles and clear the way for the fighting troops.’
    • ‘The surprise move clears the way for closing arguments, expected to begin as early as Wednesday.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    move aside, clear the way, make a space, make room, stand back
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