One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remove the contents from something so as to tidy it or free it for alternative use.‘they told her to clear out her desk by the next day’
- ‘All flower beds have been cleared out, trees have been planted, shrubs have been pruned and a general clean-up is takin place around the village.’
- ‘In addition, the basement of the dorm was cleared out to provide storage and operating space for the college outdoor club.’
- ‘It read: ‘To the person who clears the house out.’’
- ‘We spent the first three months just clearing it out.’
- ‘This week we are forced to raise further questions after it emerged that the museum at the hotel has been cleared out.’
- ‘Hospital and nursing home patients were cleared out and truckloads of water, ice and ready-made meals and rescue and medical teams were put on standby.’
- ‘Come January, the shops are cleared out overnight.’
- ‘Well, the pond has been cleared out, filled with soil and now awaits planting as a bog garden.’
- ‘When the house was cleared out, Dad took the tools home.’
- ‘I'm afraid you'll have to clear your desk out by the end of the day.’
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