crystal clear

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Emphatic form of clear in visual and metaphorical “understandable” senses. Compare clear as a bell (very clear (of sound)).


crystal clear (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Completely clear and understood.
    Reread through the manual until the instructions are crystal clear in your head.
  2. (idiomatic) Visually clear, a sharp image, high acuity.
    The picture on this TV is crystal clear – you can see every grain of sand!

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In sense “understanding”, used both of explanations (by speaker) – “Her explanation of integration was crystal clear,” – and of understanding (by listener) “Is this crystal clear in that thick head of yours?”


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