in the clear

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Adjective[edit]

in the clear

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) Not guilty or not suspected of wrongdoing.
    • 2006, "Risky Business," Time, 23 Jul.,
      Offshore sports betting . . .is judged illegal in the U.S. under laws originally drawn up in the '60s; sites offering casino-style virtual gaming claimed they were in the clear.
  2. (of a television or radio transmission) Transmitted without encryption or scrambling.
    FM radio stations are broadcast in the clear.