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’
- ‘Well, the pond has been cleared out, filled with soil and now awaits planting as a bog garden.’
- ‘In addition, the basement of the dorm was cleared out to provide storage and operating space for the college outdoor club.’
- ‘This week we are forced to raise further questions after it emerged that the museum at the hotel has been cleared out.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When the house was cleared out, Dad took the tools home.’
- ‘We spent the first three months just clearing it out.’
- ‘Come January, the shops are cleared out overnight.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It read: ‘To the person who clears the house out.’’
- ‘I'm afraid you'll have to clear your desk out by the end of the day.’
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