clear up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clear up free (the throat) by making a rasping sound "Clear the throat"
    • v clear up finish a task completely "I finally got through this homework assignment"
    • v clear up make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v clear up make clear and (more) comprehensible "clarify the mystery surrounding her death"
    • v clear up become clear "The sky cleared after the storm"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: False Bay, on the southern tip of Africa and close to Cape Town, South Africa, is a breeding ground for great white sharks, which feed off the thousands of seals in the bay. However, it is the only area in the known world in which these sharks are known to breach - they attack the seals by coming up vertically, often leaping clear of the water with their prey in their mouths
    • Clear up to become clear
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Quotations

  • Vernon Howard
    Vernon%20Howard
    “Insight into the two selves within a man clears up many confusions and contradictions. It was our understanding that preceded our victory.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up...”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clair—L. clarus, clear.

Usage

In literature:

When all this was cleared up, she might find she still liked him.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
But as it promised soon to clear up, by Mesty's advice they did not delay any longer.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
If it was a vessel, she must have gone down, for when it cleared up she was not to be seen.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
The air up there was clear, but beneath us a fog obscured the land.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
We will merely run over a few of the chief points which it cleared up.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
While the gentleman on the other side of me is occupied we might clear up matters a little.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
As the night was warm all indulged in a delicious swim after the supper dishes were cleared up.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
The light rain ceased, the sky cleared, the pale dawn came up from the east.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
You can clear up this matter of time.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Old Pierre Lanier thought I must remain in seclusion until matters cleared up.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
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In poetry:

Many aud many a year has gone
Since I was cleared by Joe,
Who plowed me up and planted corn,
To see it shoot and grow.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Shook the mill-stream sweet and clear
With its silvery laughter;
Shook the mill, from flooring sere
Up to oaken rafter.
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
I sleep, but all my pow'rs are fix'd
Upon a space half-clear,
Where, partly with dim shadows mix'd,
Faces rise up and peer.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
And when around that spireless church
The shades of evening fell,
The customary song went up
With clear and rapturous swell:
"The Pigrim's Fast" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
“But I look up and he looks down,
And thus our married eyes can meet;
Unclouded his, and clear of frown,
And gravely sweet.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Then o’er the ford and up he fared:
And lo the happy hills!
And the mountain-dale by summer cleared,
That oft the winter fills.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris

In news:

We know you rely on the Pill to help you practice safe sex (and maybe even to clear up your skin).
ST LOUIS — Scott Boras wants a few things cleared up regarding comments he made to The Post on Wednesday when he talked about Robinson Cano's two option years with the Yankees.
Things are falling into place for Massachusetts Democrats, after two politicians cleared up their future plans Wednesday.
Holmes will have brain surgery next week to clear up a condition called Chiari malformation and will miss the next three months of competition.
Police believe they have also cleared up a number of burglaries , one of them at the 4 Seasons Car Wash near 150th and Pacific streets.
Police believe they have also cleared up a number of burglaries, one of them at the 4 Seasons Car Wash near 150th and Pacific streets.
Senators had vowed to use the annual defense debate to clear up lingering questions about indefinite detention of US citizens after last year's go-around — but the bill they cleared this week only added to the confusion.
MY TAKE — Clearing up misconceptions about ethanol.
While I have never spoken to Ms Mauch and am unaware of the sources that she references, I would like to clear up a misconception.
The city of Ottumwa wants to clear up the confusion over an item discussed at Tuesday's city council meeting.
OPM's new closure policies aim to clear up confusion .
Officials are trying to clear up confusion about yard waste collections in Reading.
Meeting with Officer Norman clears up endorsement confusion .
The expansion would include clearing trees and other vegetation from an area up to three times as wide as the area currently cleared under the...
The arrest of a Jackson County woman Friday could help clear up some of the investigation into more than 40 counterfeit bills passed in Seymour in recent weeks, police report.
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In science:

Now let us clear up to what system there corresponds equation (13).
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
It remains to clear up one important detail.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
The H2 formation on the grain surface clearly illustrates the process we talk about: if H2 formation takes place only over particular catalytic sites, these sites act as miniature rocket engines spinning up the grain.
Physics of Grain Alignment
From the orthogonality relations it is clear that the odd order polynomials R2k+1(x) are only determined up to the addition of a multiple of R2k (x).
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
There is a clear indication here that the contribution of IR-selected sources to the luminosity density at high-z should significantly exceed those based on optically selected sources, and that the excess may be progressive with redshift up to z ∼ 1.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
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