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Free from doubt, burden, or obstacle; without limitation; plain or unencumbered.

The term is used to mean unambiguous or definitive and has various applications. For example, a clear intent to make a gift means that there is no doubt that the donor had the intent to relinquish all dominion and control over the property.

Clear and convincing proof is evidence that establishes a firm belief in a person's mind that a fact much more likely than not exists.

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"It clears the decks with regards to pay and conditions, but we've got an obvious fight with Jaguar and Ford later on this year."
'This disposal clears the decks and will enable us to exploit much more quickly the excellent opportunities for Kleeneze UK and Farepak.'
Now both Spencer and Farrelly could be moved out quickly as Smith clears the decks following a massive spending spree.