Meaning of CLEAR in English

CLEAR

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a clear account

I’ve tried to write a clear account of the incident.

a clear conscience (= the knowledge that you have done nothing wrong )

I was able to answer his questions with a clear conscience.

a clear distinction

The legal system makes a clear distinction between adults and children.

a clear lead

The ruling Labour Party has a clear lead in the opinion polls.

a clear mandate

The vote gave the trade union a clear mandate to pursue a better settlement.

a clear memory

I have a clear memory of the first time I met David.

a clear motive

She had no clear motive to lie.

a clear objective

A manager must give his team clear objectives to work towards.

a clear patch

Clear patches of brilliant blue sky appeared briefly through the white storm clouds.

a clear policy

There was no clear policy on this matter.

a clear preference

There was a clear preference amongst the staff for this style of leadership.

a clear recommendation

The report offered no clear recommendations or policy guidelines.

a clear statement (= giving an opinion clearly )

The article was a clear statement of his beliefs.

a clear understanding

Before you begin, it is vital that you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve.

a clear violation

This is a clear violation of privacy rights.

a clear voice

Natalia’s clear voice rang out.

a clear/coherent strategy

It is important that the company has a clear strategy.

a clear/firm decision (= a definite one )

It's now time to come to a clear decision on this.

a clear/good picture

He still didn’t have a clear picture of what had happened.

a clearing bank (= one of the banks in Britain that uses a clearing house when dealing with other banks )

large commercial customers of the clearing banks

a clear/obvious connection

There is an obvious connection between this painting and his earlier works.

a clear/obvious contrast

There was a clear contrast between the father and the son.

a clear/obvious correlation

There is a clear correlation between carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.

a clear/obvious/unmistakable sign

There are clear signs of a slowdown in economic growth.

a clear/sharp outline

Peeling off the tape after the paint has dried leaves a clear outline to the shapes.

a clear/strong signal

My body was giving me a clear signal that something was wrong.

a clear/vivid impression

He had the clear impression that most people were in favour of the idea.

a court clears/acquits sb (= says that they are not guilty )

A US court cleared him of bribery allegations.

a real/clear need (= one that really exists )

There is a real need for after-school care in our area.

all clear

We’ve got the all clear for the new project.

an absolute/outright/clear majority (= a majority that has been won by more than half the votes )

There was no party with an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

an infection clears up (= goes away )

Although the infection cleared up, he still felt weak.

be a clear/dead giveaway (= make it very easy to guess something )

He’d been smoking dope; his glazed eyes were a dead giveaway.

bright/clear/cloudless (= without clouds )

The sun rose higher in the cloudless sky.

clear a forest (= cut down and remove the trees )

Huge areas of forest have been cleared since 1960.

clear a hurdle (= successfully jump over a hurdle )

clear and concise

Your summary should be as clear and concise as possible.

clear consensus (= one that people agree on and understand )

There was no clear consensus about the future direction of the company.

clear glass (= that you can see through rather than being coloured )

The drink comes in clear glass bottles.

clear proof

His indecision is clear proof of his inability to handle the situation.

clear the table (= take plates etc off )

Do you want me to clear the table?

clear up the confusion (= explain something more clearly )

The chairman said that he would try to clear up the confusion.

clear up/correct a misunderstanding (= get rid of a misunderstanding )

I want to talk to you, to try and clear up any misunderstandings.

clear your debts (= repay all of them )

It took him three years to clear his bank debts.

clear your desk (= remove all the papers etc from it )

It's a good idea to clear your desk regularly.

clear your name (= prove that you have not done something bad or illegal )

She was determined to clear her name.

clear your vision

She blinked to clear her vision.

clear

I looked up to the stars in the clear night air.

clear

He gave us a clear description of the situation in the city.

clear (= without any spots )

Eating fresh fruit and vegetables will help keep your complexion clear.

clear

The instructions that I got with the phone weren't very clear.

clear (= with no traffic or nothing blocking it )

Before you overtake, make sure the road is clear.

clear...backlog

It’s going to take us months to clear the backlog .

clear/clean up the mess

Whoever is responsible for this mess can clear it up immediately!

cleared...the jumps

Her horse cleared all the jumps in the first round.

clear/good

His directions were very clear and easy to follow.

clearing bank

clearing house

clear/logical thinking

Above 24,000 feet, the lack of oxygen makes clear thinking almost impossible.

clear/make a space

Jack cleared a space for his newspaper on the table.

clear/perfect/good etc diction

She had perfect diction.

clear/precise

The head teacher gave us a precise definition of the school’s aims.

clear/strict guidelines

Today most planning authorities enforce fairly strict guidelines on new houses.

clouds clear/lift (= disappear )

At last the rain had stopped and the clouds had cleared.

crystal clear

I want to make one thing crystal clear – I do not agree with these proposals.

give (sb)/get the all clear

We’ve got the all clear for the new project.

good/clear/strong evidence

There is clear evidence that smoking causes heart disease.

good/healthy/clear (= smooth and without any red spots )

Vitamin E helps keep your skin healthy.

have a clear/guilty etc conscience

Does he have a guilty conscience about his role in the crime?

it seems likely/unlikely/reasonable/clear (that)

It seems likely that he will miss Ireland’s next match.

jump clear (of sth) (= jump out of danger )

We managed to jump clear of the car before it hit the wall.

made it clear

The President has made it clear that he is not going to change his mind.

made...abundantly clear

She’d made her feelings towards him abundantly clear .

neat/clear

Your handwriting is much neater than mine.

overcome/clear/get over etc a hurdle (= deal successfully with a problem )

painfully obvious/clear/evident/apparent

It was painfully obvious he’d rather not see her again.

smoke clears (= disappears )

The kitchen door was still open, and inside the smoke was clearing.

stand clear of sth British English (= step away from something in order to be safe )

Stand clear of the doors, please.

the mist clears/lifts (= goes away )

The mountains suddenly appeared as the mist lifted.

the sky clears (= the clouds disappear )

By dawn the sky had cleared.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

absolutely

The precise relationship between these two meanings of unreasonable is not absolutely clear .

This statement should be absolutely clear in the minds of everyone concerned.

This makes it absolutely clear that the early road and the drains belong in a mid to late second-century context.

Our own door gunners were not allowed to fire unless they saw an absolutely clear target.

What is absolutely clear is that the three prisoners have themselves vehemently protested their innocence from day one.

Her hair is pure white, her face covered with spidery lines, but her eyes are absolutely clear , sparkling.

Mr. Allan Stewart I can make the position absolutely clear .

It was absolutely clear to me he was in no danger.

abundantly

If modern psychology has done one thing, it has surely made this fact abundantly clear .

One other point about the two union leaders was abundantly clear .

It makes it abundantly clear that even the possession and academic presentation of information necessary for an ethnography could be actionable.

This is made abundantly clear at our first impromptu committee meeting in the bar of the Gardener's Arms.

To would-be revolutionaries it was becoming abundantly clear that their central problem was lack of contact with the masses.

But that act has more to do with the future than the present, as chapter 23 will make abundantly clear .

He didn't believe her, as he made abundantly clear by looking contemptuously down his straight nose at her.

less

A comparison of new season whole hops to hop oils, is, however, less clear cut.

Subsequent studies have come to less clear conclusions, and a few scientists believe that the monkey results are explained by chance.

What is less clear is whether they were cut in Kent or imported ready cut.

The letter to Mr. Purkayastha is less clear .

The pattern is less clear and less consistent for Latino students.

The law regarding mandamus was less clear .

In the textile districts the position was less clear .

quite

Sebastian was not quite clear about his own job intentions at this stage, nor did he have to be so.

It was by this time not quite clear exactly which lands in the Company's possession related to the original bequest.

Fortunately the situation is quite clear .

It's quite clear that the influence of soul music in pop has become poisonous, repressive, grey and total.

Our constitutional rules and regulations are quite clear and not to be infringed.

It's quite clear which is which in Burke's Peerage.

This becomes quite clear in some of the significant details of Schleiermacher's account.

The company makes it quite clear that giving younger people career opportunities may mean moving older employees down the status ladder.

so

As you near the village of Kentmere the beauty of the Lake District becomes so clear .

Just where all these so-called residential geese came from is not so clear .

I almost turned round, so clear was the tone, so near.

But in some states, the law is not so clear .

But though the mind pictures were so clear , there was nothing more.

What actually disturbed him is not so clear .

Finally, the case being so clear , a recommendation was made to proceed immediately with Stevenage.

It requires that we critically examine a beliefs rooted in our understanding of Scripture that previously seemed so clear .

very

He made it very clear he would like to kill police officers.

His style of conducting is very clear , yet also spontaneous.

It was a very clear day and we could see a long way.

I did want to be very clear and a lot more focused in what I was saying.

After the 1987 election Mrs Thatcher can claim to have a very clear mandate.

Industrial ReD in the public sector is a relatively new phenomenon and the expectations from it are not very clear .

But now the truth was very clear .

But also, jobs is very clear about the future state.

■ NOUN

case

At the very least a clear case is owed a clear explanation if it is rejected.

Firestone's view of gender relations as determined by reproduction is the clearest case .

It was a clear case of personal patronage, but he was to remain executive head for thirty-three years.

And a clear case of life imitating astrology.

The only clear case where this strategy succeeded was when Thatcher introduced the SinnFéin broadcasting ban.

Nevertheless there is a clear case for its practice in public libraries, and even in university provision for undergraduates.

The record of Ricci's behaviour is, to our knowledge, the first clear case of teaching in any non-human animal.

conscience

Now they could dance with a clear conscience .

He feigned a teasing laugh, a clear conscience .

And who has a clear conscience ?

Sophie and the child will be taken care of, and because of that I can live with a clear conscience .

Maybe not even cynical, maybe just female practicality which can stoop with clearest conscience below the level of the lowest stratagem.

But at any rate I can finally dust my hands and put my jacket on with a clear conscience .

Lawn owners have good reason for keeping clear consciences and generally living each day as through it were their last.

I am convinced that only my genuinely clear conscience let me convince the adults around me that I was totally innocent.

distinction

For women, the social customs do not seem to permit such a clear distinction between work and leisure.

For there is a clear distinction between tolerating dissent and propagating it.

It asserts that there is a clear distinction between the two kinds of statement and that there is no third kind.

In other words, there is a clear distinction between application logic and the computer representation of that logic.

There is now a clear distinction between two strands of modern elite theory.

The clear distinction between the old and modern lacquers also offers hope of a means of identifying fakes.

Is there in fact such a clear distinction to be maintained between civil association or societas and enterprise association or universitas?

There appears to be a clear distinction between the causes of uplift on the western and eastern sides of the central Andes.

evidence

There is no clear evidence that the Wilson-Mitchell partnership survived for long.

By this he gives clear evidence of his innate greatness of soul.

The clearest evidence for this is the dearth of people keen to work with frail older people.

There is clear evidence of how much people on the estate need their buses.

There is no clear evidence of strong prejudice among young-old people against their elders in Britain.

The low circulation and poor distribution of leading literary journals provide clear evidence of the élitist character of the cultured few.

There is clear evidence of localization of function in the cortex.

There is no clear evidence that women receive massively more favourable treatment from the police or the courts.

example

Rothenbuhler's experiments on the hygienic behaviour of bees provides a very clear example of the genetic control of behaviour.

Section 16 is a clear example and functions almost as an exclamation point to the first 15 sections.

Two of the clearest examples are to be seen in the courses followed by Gerry Healy and Michel Pablo and their followers.

This seems a clear example of his allegiance to popular dissent against the Church and social elite who supported the Restoration.

Here is a clear example of a rare rock type that has been strongly concentrated by lunar geological activity.

A clear example of a mutation altering development is the inherited genetic defect, sickle cell anaemia.

The clearest example of an incompetent teacher is one who lacks knowledge about the subject he or she is supposed to teach.

idea

She had no clear idea of what a mortgage was.

Only the proprietor of the six left in the room had a clear idea of what the concept meant.

Gates had always had a clear idea of what he wanted to be: the prime software supplier to the world.

Yet very few businesses have any clear idea of what crime is actually costing them.

I mean have you got a clear idea of the relationship between the so-called Author and his character.

I have very clear ideas about dressing gowns.

Sutcliffe's data show that these speakers have a very clear idea of what, for them, constitutes a basilectal utterance.

indication

There had to be very clear indications of joint working.

Perhaps the clearest indication of this was the difficulty he encountered in filling the job of finance minister in his new cabinet.

This is an extensive site with clear indications of buildings and levelled platforms.

The failure to win additional numbers for the expansion we have achieved is a clear indication of that movement.

Resentment of this magnitude was a clear indication of the failure of the avowed policy of pacification and Romanization.

Some of the clearest indications of Anderson's vagueness occur at the level of topic-control.

This is a clear indication of a central principle of planning for Cramlington.

Perhaps the clearest indication of the quality of the One Key series is given by the documentation.

majority

As was noted earlier, elections in Northern Ireland itself have always produced clear majorities in favour of Unionist government.

A clear majority of the nine students wore Nikes.

For all that, observers are unanimous that Swapo will emerge with a clear majority .

It will be a clear majority when the century turns.

Join Congress, Mr Gandhi seemed to be saying, and create a party strong enough to have a clear majority .

For the first time in decades, the 500-seat Chamber is without a clear majority .

The Opposition has agreed to abstain, which means the Government will win a clear majority .

In each case a clear majority of Republican voters rejected him.

objective

For a politician to have a clear objective is to offer hostages to his opponents.

The teams are performing as self managed units although the manager will agree clear objectives with the team.

Teachers and students will appreciate the clear objectives and simple layout.

A clear objective was set and adhered to: recapture the islands.

The right of employers and employees to be aware of clear objectives and detailed targets for training performance.

Indeed, the concept of success could scarcely apply since it worked to no clear objectives .

If purposeful, goal-directed activity is to take place, clear objectives need to be set for all the organisation's activities.

Finally, the purpose of this section has been to help teachers write clear objectives .

picture

When these figures are carefully decoded, a remarkably clear picture of the whole military organization emerges.

Attempts to gain a clearer picture of this boundary layer floundered for several decades.

A team at University College, London, produced the first clear pictures of interiors, using microchips as the specimens.

The spate of incidents may provide a clearer picture of changes that might be needed in those regulations.

Our purpose is to establish a clear picture of events that took place during the mission to Rakhat.

At last, a clear picture of music lovers and lovers.

Some achievements Against this background, the evaluators found it difficult to establish a clear picture of exactly what the panel achieved.

I need you to paint me a clear picture of the changes you expect to see three months down the road.

sign

The smaller bones from the feet showed no clear signs of alteration.

And why do chronic drinkers seem to show clear signs of cognitive dysfunction?

It had recently withdrawn the ice-breaker Endurance, generally taken as a clear sign of retreat.

Despite clear signs of weakness in his support, Sen.

They talked to each other again, and then the first horse made clear signs for me to follow him.

During Period 4, the infant shows clear signs of event anticipation.

Heseltine watchers could have wished for no clearer sign of his leadership intentions.

There are clear signs that the process is already well advanced.

signal

However, they still had no luck as, here again, there was no clear signal .

But his arrest is not a clear signal that the opposite is true.

And the Bush administration is sending clear signals that it would welcome such a deal.

The peer group gives out clear signals to its members both about style and about fundamental values and perspectives.

The above discussion suggests that, when needed, clear signals of information status can be employed in written language.

sky

She looked up at the clear sky .

The days were hot, filled with relentless sunshine and clear skies .

Endlessly clear skies and lowering water tables.

At a great distance, the ghostly frost of a snow peak seemed suspended from the clear sky .

They had been so lucky with the weather; a clear sky , and a soft breeze that kept everyone comfortable.

A flat-calm water, clear sky and a bright quarter moon are not the sort of conditions we associate with good catches.

Away from the haze and lights of the city, bright stars fill the spectacularly clear sky .

understanding

Is there a clear understanding of joint and individual areas of responsibility of headteacher and governors?

This requires a clear understanding of the cellular and biochemical process of wound healing and the mechanisms of individual types of injury.

Equally, it is important that a searcher should have a clear understanding of indexing methods.

A clear understanding of the task by the partner and/or manager is a prerequisite for good communication.

Vital to such decisions is a clear understanding of system functions, failure modes and the consequences of failure.

Meanwhile parents like Gwen Watkins just want their voice to be heard and a clearer understanding of a tragic chain of deaths.

They can give the same information as the text, giving the reader two opportunities of gaining clear understanding .

Practitioners need a clear understanding of the processes by which social inequalities of various forms are derived from prejudicial and stereotypical attitudes.

view

But I had a clear view of the table last night, and it wasn't there.

Cameras offer no clear view of what is going on in the background.

He moved slowly and cautiously, and kept his hands in clear view .

Federal guidelines require that tower personnel clearing aircraft for arrivals and departures have clear views of runways below them.

By the time the enquiry and analysis stage is concluded, relatively clear views are formed as to where best practice exists.

For it to work, the unit needs a clear view of the sky.

Gain attention first, make sure there is a clear view of your face.

Primo briefly has a clear view of the menu, written on paper plates taped to the quilted-tin wall.

vision

Namely, clear vision for the driver, whatever the conditions.

But the history of New York development shows how haphazard such controls can be if there is no such clear vision .

That view may be interpreted as a piece of self-delusion, or as a clear vision .

They are able to do this be-cause they start out with a clear vision of where they want to go.

My brain is filled full of vague images, but no clear vision of one necessary thing.

The ring is virtually invisible around the central cornea which is the critical area for clear vision .

Put simply, polarisation works like a venetian blind to cut reflection from above and below yet still allow clear vision .

We have to keep dragging ourselves to our feet to peek out again and again, until we have a clear vision .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

abundantly clear

It's abundantly clear why he's running for governor.

But that act has more to do with the future than the present, as chapter 23 will make abundantly clear.

But then if you look at politicians today, the answer becomes abundantly clear.

He didn't believe her, as he made abundantly clear by looking contemptuously down his straight nose at her.

If modern psychology has done one thing, it has surely made this fact abundantly clear.

That was made abundantly clear at a colourful congress in the provincial capital, Jayapura, last month.

This was abundantly clear in the textile district of the West Riding.

To would-be revolutionaries it was becoming abundantly clear that their central problem was lack of contact with the masses.

as important/clear/big etc as anything

Ecumenically it is as important as anything .

blow/clear the cobwebs away

It will blow the cobwebs away.

Talk about blowing the cobwebs away!

clear your throat

Fenn cleared his throat , wishing his head could be cleared as easily.

He cleared his throat and laid his finger along his nose.

He coughed and cleared his throat again and looked up at the clerk.

Hearst interjected, clearing his throat loudly.

She cleared her throat , and looked at the Lakshmi again.

She taps on the desk with an inverted pencil and clears her throat .

Then Bette flounced up and cleared her throat nervously.

Threlfall cleared his throat loudly before turning.

clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for sth)

Earlier legislation paved the way by limiting the use of custody as a penalty for offenders under the age of twenty-one.

He believes the Government has missed the opportunity to pave the way for badly needed investment.

He gave as an example some of the early work in genetics which has paved the way for biotechnological developments.

She would pave the way for a much more slender ideal: the flapper.

Such developments are paving the way to rapprochement between conventional and complementary medicine.

Was he paving the way for another referendum?

When Ken wants to give his girlfriend a kiss he first calls in a construction team to clear the way .

leave the field clear for sb

loud and clear

The play's message is loud and clear.

And unlike the Democrats' proposals, its message rang home loud and clear with the likes of Jigeehuu and Gankhuag.

But the message is loud and clear.

Converse glanced at the bearded man and the thrill of recognition rang loud and clear.

I did, loud and clear.

I say, and I say it loud and clear.

The voices of the cruel are loud and clear.

Through the crack under the door I could smell Shelly loud and clear.

see your way (clear) to doing sth

Finally he could see his way clear to his goal.

Small builders can not see their way to take on many trainees.

There was just enough light for her to see her way to the bathroom.

steer clear (of sb/sth)

British politicians tend to steer clear of religious topics.

George Deukejian urged the candidate to steer clear of the issue, which he considers divisive.

Hongkong Bank steered clear of the mania to lend to third-world countries that peaked in the early 1980s.

I think readers should be warned to steer clear of these fish in the future.

Investors steered clear of big-name high techs in favor of shares like karaoke equipment trader Nikkodo.

Most of the multinationals have steered clear of commitments so far.

Others steered clear of temptation, like singer Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate.

Pittman advises steering clear of any influence that puts our own happiness first.

She must steer clear of Matthew and then perhaps this ridiculous infatuation would wear off.

the all clear

the coast is clear

We raced out the door as soon as the coast was clear.

Or do you wait till they tire of the taunting and go to release the victim when the coast is clear?

when the smoke clears

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

clear signs of an economic recovery

a clear mountain lake

a beautiful clear day

Children need clear rules about what is allowed and what isn't

Even after two thousand years the writing is quite clear .

Gun control laws are favored by a clear majority of Americans.

He had left clear footprints in the wet sand.

High-definition television is amazing. The picture is so clear .

I'll give you until Monday to turn in your essay. Is that clear ?

I only realised later that the clear liquid in the glass must have been vodka.

It became clear after talking to him that Andrew wasn't going to cooperate.

It may be clear to you, but I haven't got a clue what it means.

It soon became clear that there were not enough police officers to deal with the situation.

It was clear that Lesley was very upset by what had happened.

It was clear to me that my father was dying.

Let me get this clear - you weren't even there at the time?

Most of the 'help' messages you get on computers aren't at all clear to ordinary home users.

Most of the photographs were sharp and clear .

On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from Tokyo.

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear - there won't be a penny of extra money for this project.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A preference for country living is clear , and in some remoter rural districts there was even a significant growth in population.

Let me be clear about the reason.

Probably the clearest statements on book selection are by Lester Asheim in a defence of book selection against the charge of censorship.

The prospective meaning of to is thus perfectly clear in this use.

The sounds were too indistinct for him to hear the words, but the tone was clear enough.

This makes the impossibility of sustaining an objective, scientific programme particularly clear in psychology.

What actually disturbed him is not so clear .

What is clear is that the most successful computerised personnel systems link payroll and personnel together.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

air

An ant coming under the influence leaps clear into the air .

Secondly, until you clear the air with this person, you will continue to feel uncomfortable.

But he thinks, in present circumstances, that a straight forward test provides the best way of clearing the air .

This proclamation was like the first peal of a surcharged thunder-cloud, clearing the murky air .

Offer to talk then and there to clear the air .

Allen, to clear the air , decided to host a debate for three thousand people at Bethel.

He even met with the Anti-Defamation League to try and clear the air of misunderstandings.

backlog

The workers merely wish to clear a backlog of clients before the afternoon session begins.

He said the airline was now working to clear the backlog , with the delayed flights expected to depart within 24 hours.

Extra staff brought in to clear the backlog should be kept on until a thorough review is made.

The hospital is asking for more money to clear the backlog .

She continued to go to the shop and had managed to clear the backlog of work and correspondence.

Norwich agreed to take on an extra twelve staff and to clear the backlog of applications.

First, reports reaching me indicate that many of those LEAs that were not coping have now cleared their backlogs .

charge

Painter cleared of bar assault charge A SELF-employed painter and decorator was yesterday cleared of assaulting the manager of a Harrogate bar.

Eventually, he was cleared of the charge when she admitted to lying.

The jury cleared him of the charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and operating a vessel while intoxicated.

A Braintree man was cleared of an affray charge yesterday when the prosecution offered no further evidence against him.

The very anonymity of everybody else in their entourage was part of making clear who was in charge .

Veron was cleared of a charge that could have led to a two-year ban.

A Teesside Crown Court jury cleared him of both charges but convicted him of arson last month.

debt

A cheque completely clearing the debt has been sent to Donovan's lawyers.

His argument is that once we have cleared the debt we could buy a car with another loan.

Borrowers were told that policies might not only clear their mortgage debt but might also give them an additional lump sum.

As fast as it came in, it went out to clear his debt .

With a personal loan you have to stick to a fixed schedule of repayments to clear the debt within a fixed period.

If she won, her broker was to receive three times her normal fee, enough to clear her debt .

So they did the switch, cleared their debts , and now £6 a month better off.

Should you hang on to your cash or clear your debts ?

deck

Hankin cleared the decks when in temporary charge and team-strengthening is essential.

I suppose it clears the deck of suspects.

Still, it was time to clear the decks , time to get things sorted.

And Lawrence wasted no time responding to that challenge and clearing the decks at Ayresome Park.

head

If not, the cold would clear his head .

He wants a few days to clear his head .

She needed the hot draught of caffeine to clear her head .

Gao Yang recalled that the wall barely cleared his head at the time.

The chill in the air began to clear her head .

I cleared my head this morning and have changed my mind.

It had very little warmth but the chilly air was helping to clear my head .

Then he got into his white Olds and drove off to clear his head .

hurdle

David, Grant and Stuart are due to complete their studies towards the end of 1995 but have already cleared the first hurdle .

But first, the idea must clear several hurdles in early 1996.

To clear this last hurdle I was forced to queue up outside a shed with a number of soldiers.

I., has declined, insisting that the $ 5. 2 billion merger would never clear government antitrust hurdles .

The transaction also must clear certain regulatory hurdles .

mess

We need an election and a Labour Government to clear up the mess .

Regulators are busily clearing up the mess .

In alcoholism: Not clearing up physical messes caused by the primary sufferer.

This keeps him happy until it is time to go to the nursery by which time she has cleared up the mess .

Pondering these matters, she went through to the front room to clear up the mess .

It would have been like Donleavy to try to clear up the Asmar mess himself.

A J-C-B digger was brought in, but it still took more than three hours to clear up the mess .

Why hadn't Corbett cleared this mess up?

mind

Getting it clear in his mind .

His meeting with the Holtzes seemed to have refreshed Alvin and cleared his mind .

He leaned against the wall desperately trying to clear his mind but the memory proved elusive.

So, clear your mind , get out your No. 2 pencils and do your best: 1.

First, you should get it clear in your mind just what the private-eye who is the central figure is.

The coffee and the cool air cleared my mind .

DeVore nodded to himself, then cleared his mind of it, coming to the final matter.

Perhaps more than most literary encounters, it is essential to approach this novel with a cleared mind .

name

Mr Donovan's motive had been to clear his name , not to close the magazine.

The Joint Committee investigating the scandal cleared my name .

For Kirsty's sake, she had to clear her name .

No defendant could completely clear his or her name .

After twenty years of gossip and innuendo was this going to be the one chance to clear his father's name ?

The suspects say they are not guilty but want to clear their names .

When the public prosecutor appealed against that ruling, Pasko lodged a complaint in an attempt to clear his name .

Also this week: Samantha suggests to Siobhan that exhuming Josh's body could clear her name .

space

Involuntarily she found herself going out on to the balcony for air, rather than clearing a space to sit.

They used to clear out space next to the M System store and people would come from all around.

Nanny Ogg had already cleared a space on the table for the green ball.

He eats most of his meals in the room, clearing a space on the desk, reading as he eats.

The first thing Louis did when he reached Aachen was to clear himself some political space .

When he returned she had cleared a space in the kitchen, had coffee ready.

Newsagents across the country had cleared extra floor space for the 60,000 additional copies of the paper.

Megaliths were smashed to make gate-posts or road-stone, blown up or pushed aside to clear space for the plough.

table

The bloke with the paper hat comes round with this trolley thing to clear the tables .

She shook her head, cleared the table , dropping off stuff behind the counter, talking some to her father.

At that very moment, a waiter turned abruptly from clearing the next table and crashed into Loretta.

He was happy to clear the table but insisted on talking nonstop as he worked.

He turned to help her clear the table .

The preacher pushed his plate away and Lottie rose to clear the table .

Well, he seemed to have cheered up, thought Ruth, clearing the table .

Now she moved from booth to booth, clearing each table .

throat

He cleared his throat and turned away delicately to allow her to use the hanky.

They found she could clear her throat and cough in the machine, which had been difficult outside.

Fenn cleared his throat , wishing his head could be cleared as easily.

His mustache twitched; he cleared his throat , but said nothing.

Feeling a little embarrassed, he quickly cleared his throat and glanced up at the clock.

He recited a list of biblical names at high speed into the machine, expecting it to stumble and clear its throat .

Glover cleared his throat and looked off over the lake.

way

The visit cleared the way for a summit meeting between the Communist Party leaders of the two countries.

Inmates were paid 50 cents a day for the back-breaking chore of clearing right of way through dense forests and laying track.

This is the scepticism that rules scepticism itself out of court and clears the way for legitimate faith.

The motorbikes clear a way but fans still jump into the road, running behind their favourites and pushing them.

Losses from restructuring will decline from now on, clearing the way for a recovery in earnings.

■ VERB

begin

The chill in the air began to clear her head.

Then finally her head began to clear .

Then, ten minutes from Tipasa, the clouds are rinsed blue and the sky begins to clear .

But at least you will begin to clear up the pension problem.

Her head gradually began to clear .

When the girls left, Sethe began to clear the table.

He immediately withdrew the patrol to a safe distance and together they began to clear the area for any other suspicious signs.

The rain stops and the grey skies begin to clear .

help

We help clear the innocent too.

Athena told him how things were in his house and promised she would help him clear it of the suitors.

Necessary jobs are helping to clear up the smaller branches and making a start on repointing the bridge itself.

Sometimes this means police officers help neighborhood members clear out vacant lots and rusting cars.

It helps keep your skin clear .

He turned to help her clear the table.

It had very little warmth but the chilly air was helping to clear my head.

It might help to clear Barney.

try

New recruit, David Byrne, sliced in the ball as he tried to clear .

Loi promised to keep warm, and Joe started him on a course of antibiotics to try to clear the lung infection.

Connelly blinked myopically, trying to clear his gaze, trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

She lunges forward, trying to clear a way for herself.

Above all try and make it clear that you are enthusiastic about the future project.

He even met with the Anti-Defamation League to try and clear the air of misunderstandings.

She tried to clear her head, concentrating on this new situation.

He tried to clear the phantoms from his head and grasp reality.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

abundantly clear

It's abundantly clear why he's running for governor.

But that act has more to do with the future than the present, as chapter 23 will make abundantly clear.

But then if you look at politicians today, the answer becomes abundantly clear.

He didn't believe her, as he made abundantly clear by looking contemptuously down his straight nose at her.

If modern psychology has done one thing, it has surely made this fact abundantly clear.

That was made abundantly clear at a colourful congress in the provincial capital, Jayapura, last month.

This was abundantly clear in the textile district of the West Riding.

To would-be revolutionaries it was becoming abundantly clear that their central problem was lack of contact with the masses.

as important/clear/big etc as anything

Ecumenically it is as important as anything .

blow/clear the cobwebs away

It will blow the cobwebs away.

Talk about blowing the cobwebs away!

clear your throat

Fenn cleared his throat , wishing his head could be cleared as easily.

He cleared his throat and laid his finger along his nose.

He coughed and cleared his throat again and looked up at the clerk.

Hearst interjected, clearing his throat loudly.

She cleared her throat , and looked at the Lakshmi again.

She taps on the desk with an inverted pencil and clears her throat .

Then Bette flounced up and cleared her throat nervously.

Threlfall cleared his throat loudly before turning.

clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for sth)

Earlier legislation paved the way by limiting the use of custody as a penalty for offenders under the age of twenty-one.

He believes the Government has missed the opportunity to pave the way for badly needed investment.

He gave as an example some of the early work in genetics which has paved the way for biotechnological developments.

She would pave the way for a much more slender ideal: the flapper.

Such developments are paving the way to rapprochement between conventional and complementary medicine.

Was he paving the way for another referendum?

When Ken wants to give his girlfriend a kiss he first calls in a construction team to clear the way .

leave the field clear for sb

loud and clear

The play's message is loud and clear.

And unlike the Democrats' proposals, its message rang home loud and clear with the likes of Jigeehuu and Gankhuag.

But the message is loud and clear.

Converse glanced at the bearded man and the thrill of recognition rang loud and clear.

I did, loud and clear.

I say, and I say it loud and clear.

The voices of the cruel are loud and clear.

Through the crack under the door I could smell Shelly loud and clear.

the all clear

the coast is clear

We raced out the door as soon as the coast was clear.

Or do you wait till they tire of the taunting and go to release the victim when the coast is clear?

when the smoke clears

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A good lawyer can clear $250,000 a year easily.

A jury cleared the company of all criminal charges in connection with the accident.

After Pagones was cleared in court, he sued his accusers.

Delta 7, you are cleared for takeoff.

He cleared the first two obstacles, but hit the top of the third.

Marshall was given his job back after being cleared of accusations that he abused drugs.

Police cleared the building and carried out a controlled explosion.

Sandra cleared £50,000 last year.

The area around the palace had been cleared for the parade.

The fog usually clears around noon.

The report was cleared by the State Department.

There was a sprinkling of applause as the horses cleared the last fence.

This cheque should clear my overdraft.

We're hoping that we can clear all our debts by the end of the year.

Wiley's business clears $300,000 a year.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A pin was inserted to stabilize the ligament, and scar tissue from the previous injury had to be cleared.

Jurors took less than a half-hour Thursday to clear professional football star Warren Moon of assaulting his wife.

So she was asked to undertake an elimination diet, which cleared these symptoms within a week.

The weather cleared too, and they were rowed diagonally south-west across the Sound of Sleat.

III. adverb

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Firefighters pulled the woman clear of the wreckage.

I could clearly see a row of cottages at the top of the hill

Procedures for making insurance claims need to be more clearly defined.

The contract says quite clearly that the landlord must pay for all repairs to the house.

IV. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

crystal

This becomes crystal clear when Tuesday's election results are read alongside results of February's special election.

Two points became crystal clear during the 1985-86 events.

The polls are crystal clear on this point: Most women vote Democratic.

The night air was crystal clear and chilly.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

abundantly clear

It's abundantly clear why he's running for governor.

But that act has more to do with the future than the present, as chapter 23 will make abundantly clear.

But then if you look at politicians today, the answer becomes abundantly clear.

He didn't believe her, as he made abundantly clear by looking contemptuously down his straight nose at her.

If modern psychology has done one thing, it has surely made this fact abundantly clear.

That was made abundantly clear at a colourful congress in the provincial capital, Jayapura, last month.

This was abundantly clear in the textile district of the West Riding.

To would-be revolutionaries it was becoming abundantly clear that their central problem was lack of contact with the masses.

as important/clear/big etc as anything

Ecumenically it is as important as anything .

clear your throat

Fenn cleared his throat , wishing his head could be cleared as easily.

He cleared his throat and laid his finger along his nose.

He coughed and cleared his throat again and looked up at the clerk.

Hearst interjected, clearing his throat loudly.

She cleared her throat , and looked at the Lakshmi again.

She taps on the desk with an inverted pencil and clears her throat .

Then Bette flounced up and cleared her throat nervously.

Threlfall cleared his throat loudly before turning.

clear/pave/open/prepare etc the way (for sth)

Earlier legislation paved the way by limiting the use of custody as a penalty for offenders under the age of twenty-one.

He believes the Government has missed the opportunity to pave the way for badly needed investment.

He gave as an example some of the early work in genetics which has paved the way for biotechnological developments.

She would pave the way for a much more slender ideal: the flapper.

Such developments are paving the way to rapprochement between conventional and complementary medicine.

Was he paving the way for another referendum?

When Ken wants to give his girlfriend a kiss he first calls in a construction team to clear the way .

leave the field clear for sb

loud and clear

The play's message is loud and clear.

And unlike the Democrats' proposals, its message rang home loud and clear with the likes of Jigeehuu and Gankhuag.

But the message is loud and clear.

Converse glanced at the bearded man and the thrill of recognition rang loud and clear.

I did, loud and clear.

I say, and I say it loud and clear.

The voices of the cruel are loud and clear.

Through the crack under the door I could smell Shelly loud and clear.

see your way (clear) to doing sth

Finally he could see his way clear to his goal.

Small builders can not see their way to take on many trainees.

There was just enough light for her to see her way to the bathroom.

steer clear (of sb/sth)

British politicians tend to steer clear of religious topics.

George Deukejian urged the candidate to steer clear of the issue, which he considers divisive.

Hongkong Bank steered clear of the mania to lend to third-world countries that peaked in the early 1980s.

I think readers should be warned to steer clear of these fish in the future.

Investors steered clear of big-name high techs in favor of shares like karaoke equipment trader Nikkodo.

Most of the multinationals have steered clear of commitments so far.

Others steered clear of temptation, like singer Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate.

Pittman advises steering clear of any influence that puts our own happiness first.

She must steer clear of Matthew and then perhaps this ridiculous infatuation would wear off.

the all clear

the coast is clear

We raced out the door as soon as the coast was clear.

Or do you wait till they tire of the taunting and go to release the victim when the coast is clear?

when the smoke clears

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.