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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyclear away
he/she/itclears away
present participleclearing away
past tensecleared away
past participlecleared away
  1. to remove something that you have finished using or no longer want in order to make a place tidy
    A young woman cleared away their empty cups.
    You sit down – I’ll clear away.
See also main entry: clear


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