Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(have a) clear-out

have a clear-outclear-out
Meaning(s)
1) remove unwanted items or people
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • have a clear-out of a house/team/organisation
  • Analysis
     'Clear out' is a phrasal verb meaning to tidy something by throwing away or getting rid of things that you no longer want or need. As a noun, if you have a 'clear out' it means to organise or arrange something and discard any items that are no longer required. You might need to have a 'clear out' of your temporary files in order to make your computer work faster, or have a clear out of your office to see if you can make some space for new equipment. If you ask someone to 'clear out' it is a brisk direct way of asking them to leave. So having a clear-out can also refer to removing people or asking them to vacate a location, premises or role. "We need to clear out this room so we can paint the walls."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The landlord had a clear-out of the property before the tenants arrived.
    2. The coach had a clear-out of his older players before the season started.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to clear out all of the old computers and back up the data.
    2. The company is expected to have a huge clear out of staff with the introduction of the new cost savings strategy.
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