clear one's lines

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clear one's lines

  1. (sports, idiomatic) To clear the ball away from a dangerous position.
    • 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, BBC Sport:
      The Canaries went ahead when the home defence failed to clear their lines and Pilkington was on hand to slide in his eighth goal of the campaign.