Synonyms for clear out

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On these occasions he always determined to clear out the bag.

If it wasn't for mother and for Nancy, I'd clear out, boy; go off and hunt my fortune.

It takes from three to four hours for them to clear out a house.

I don't see what loss I should be, if I did clear out of the country.

I shall do what I can for Helen, but on the understanding that they clear out of the house at once.

If I was you I'd clear out of here and start somewheres else.

If you have you can clear out and let me get to my dish-washin'.

Peer flung the book against the wall and told the other to clear out to the devil.

Let them clear out of the country, and leave it to people who can make it pay.

That noise and that awful shock make him clear out of the cabin.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "bright," from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12c., Modern French clair), from Latin clarus "clear, loud," of sounds; figuratively "manifest, plain, evident," in transferred use, of sights, "bright, distinct;" also "illustrious, famous, glorious" (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro), from PIE *kle-ro-, from root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).

The sense evolution involves an identification of the spreading of sound and the spreading of light (cf. English loud, used of colors; German hell "clear, bright, shining," of pitch, "distinct, ringing, high"). Of complexion, from c.1300; of the weather, from late 14c.; of meanings or explanations, "manifest to the mind, comprehensible," c.1300. (An Old English word for this was sweotol "distinct, clear, evident.") Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. Phrase in the clear attested from 1715. Clear-sighted is from 1580s (clear-eyed is from 1529s); clear-headed is from 1709.

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