in the clear

[in the clear] {adj. phr.} 1. Free of anything that makes moving orseeing difficult; with nothing to limit action.

The plane climbedabove the clouds and was flying in the clear.

Jack passed the ballto Tim, who was in the clear and ran for a touchdown.

2. {informal}Free of blame or suspicion; not thought to be guilty.

After Johntold the principal that he broke the window, Martin was in the clear.

Steve was the last to leave the locker room, and the boys suspectedhim of stealing Tom's watch, but the coach found the watch and putSteve in the clear.

3. Free of debt; not owing money to anyone.

Bob borrowed a thousand dollars from his father to start hisbusiness, but at the end of the first year he was in the clear.

Syn.:IN THE BLACK.