They should be able to clear up a case of mistaken identity speedily.
On Meet the Press, the bank's CEO admitted his company's “egregious” mistake and expressed his desire to clear up any wrongdoing.
People are left having to clear up the mess made on his watch.
Let me clear up the confusion caused by the English language and its religious history.
In a way, society has failed to provide for the sick and the poor, and it left law enforcement to clear up the mess.
I cannot help thinking that Sir Richard, if he chose, could clear up the mystery that hangs over my birth.
Some day, perhaps, it will all clear up,—this trouble of yours.
At present, however, the dull cloudy weather was in their favour, if only it might clear up later.
The business of the legislator is to clear up this confusion.
You can also tell him that I am anxious to clear up a misunderstanding, and ask him to call at our hotel.'
late 13c., "bright," from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12c., Modern French clair), from Latin clarus "clear, loud," of sounds; figuratively "manifest, plain, evident," in transferred use, of sights, "bright, distinct;" also "illustrious, famous, glorious" (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro), from PIE *kle-ro-, from root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
The sense evolution involves an identification of the spreading of sound and the spreading of light (cf. English loud, used of colors; German hell "clear, bright, shining," of pitch, "distinct, ringing, high"). Of complexion, from c.1300; of the weather, from late 14c.; of meanings or explanations, "manifest to the mind, comprehensible," c.1300. (An Old English word for this was sweotol "distinct, clear, evident.") Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. Phrase in the clear attested from 1715. Clear-sighted is from 1580s (clear-eyed is from 1529s); clear-headed is from 1709.
late 14c., "to fill with light," from clear (adj.). Of weather, from late 14c. Meaning "make clear in the mind" is mid-15c., as is sense of "to remove what clouds." Meaning "to prove innocent" is from late 15c. Meaning "get rid of" is from 1530s.
Meaning "to free from entanglement" is from 1590s; that of "pass without entanglement" is from 1630s. Meaning "to leap clear over" is first attested 1791. Meaning "get approval for" (a proposal, etc.) is from 1944; meaning "establish as suitable for national security work" is from 1948. Related: Cleared; clearing.
To clear (one's) throat is from 1881; earlier clear (one's) voice (1701). To clear out "depart, leave" (1825), perhaps is from the notion of ships satisfying customs, harbor regulations, etc., then setting sail. To clear up is from 1620s, of weather; 1690s as "make clear to the mind." Clear the decks is what is done on a ship before it moves.
"quite, entirely, wholly," c.1300, from clear (adj.).
To stop using narcotics; get help in withdrawing from drug addiction (1960s+ Narcotics)
To earn a certain amount of money after taxes: cleared 100 Gs