in the clear

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Prepositional phrase[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.
  3. (idiomatic) No longer in danger. (Can we add an example for this sense?)