CLAIM, CLAIMING – INTERJECTIONS/PHRASES
– a claim call NIBS! 1957 Amer. dial.
– I claim it I BONAS IT 1895 Amer. dial.
– I claim it I BONERS IT 1966 Amer. dial.
– I claim it I BONEY IT 1944 Amer. dial.
– I claim it I BONNY IT 1950 Amer. dial.
– I claim it! YAKERS ON IT! 1944 Amer. dial.
– I claim that! CHAPS ME THAT! M19 Sc. children’s usage
– that’s mine! I want to do that!; a child’s term used to claim the whole or an equal part of an object AIKIES! 1930s US sl.
– that’s mine; used as a claim or rights to something GOODS!; GOODS ON IT! 1944 Amer. dial.
– they’re all mine; a children’s expression used to lay entire claim to something found or won ALL MINES! 1956 Amer. dial.
– used to claim part ownership DIGSIES! 1957 Amer. dial.
– used to lay claim to something TABS! 1956 Amer. dial.
– used to stake a claim KEEPS! 1956 Amer. dial.
CLAIM etc. – NOUNS
– a claim; ‘dibs’; rights; right of priority VENCHES 2000 Amer. dial.
– a claim; ‘dibs’; rights; right of priority VENS 1991 Amer. dial.
– a claiming; a challenging to oneself VENDICATION 1658 obs.
– a claim or right to something WACKIE(S) 1943 Amer. dial.
– a claim; rights, dibs GOOFIES 1905 Amer. dial.
– a claim; rights; right of priority DIBBIES 1968 Amer. dial.
– a claim; rights; right of priority DIBS 1930 Amer. dial.
– a claim; rights; right of priority; ‘dibs’ BEANS 1956 Amer. dial.
– a making a preposterous claim; telling a lie; exaggerating HASSAYAMPING 1901 Amer. dial.
CLAIM etc. – VERBS
– to claim BAG 1910s sl.
– to claim a privilege or possession BAR 1865 Eng. dial.
– to claim by right of first choice, to bespeak BARLEY 1865 Eng. dial.
– to claim for oneself VENDICATE 1531 obs.
– to claim possession of MUGS 1936 Amer. dial.
– to claim possession of something BONEY 1944 Amer. dial.
– to claim possession of something BONEY-EYE 1968 Amer. dial.
– to claim possession of something BONNY 1950 Amer. dial.
– to claim rights to something; to reserve something BAGS 1944 Aust. sl.
– to claim to do something TAKE a1500 obs.
– to lay claim to an object, partner in a game, etc., by right of first choice BALLOW Bk1898 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– to lay claim to, to latch on to FINNIE 1956 Amer. dial.
– to lay claim to; to win, to rescue BETELL c1205 obs.
– to stake a claim or reserve a right to something VINCE 1922 Amer. dial.
– to stake a claim or reserve a right to something WACKIE 1956 Amer. dial.
CLAIRVOYANCE, CLAIRVOYANT – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who follows or believes in clairvoyance, spiritualism, mysticism, etc.; a mystic; a seer YOGI-BOGEY 1901 rare, disparaging usage
CLAM – NOUNS
– fried clams FANNIE DADDIES 1939 Amer. dial.
– a clam or oyster SALT-WATER VEGETABLE M19 sl.
CLAM – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who digs for clams and oysters MUD DIGGER 1970 Amer. dial.
– a person who drags for freshwater clams MUSSEL-MUCKER 1938
CLAM – VERBS
– to open clams or oysters SHOCK 1856 Amer. dial.
CLAMBER – NOUNS
– a clamber, a climb SCRAWM 1897 Eng. dial.
– a clamber, a crawl SCRAUCHLE Bk1904 Sc.
CLAMBER – VERBS
– to clamber about; to romp; to rush about riotously RAMMACK; RAMMOCK; RAMMUCK 1884 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– to clamber or climb up; said of a child KAME 1938 Sc.
– to clamber, to climb SCRAWM 1790 Eng. dial.
CLAMMY – ADJECTIVES
– clammy, covered with perspiration URY Bk1905 Sc.
– clammy, gummy CLITCHY Bk1896 Eng. dial.
– clammy, moist, damp, wet WACK 1513 Sc. obs.
– clammy, sticky GARRIE 1929 Sc.
– clammy, sticky, dirty, untidy DAUBY Bk1900 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– clammy, sweaty; damp and sticky from perspiration; dirty, grimy PUGGY 1790 Eng. dial.
– clammy, viscid LENTOUS 1646 nonce word
– clammy, wet; foggy WACHIE Bk1905 Sc.
CLAMOROUS, CLAMOUR – ADJECTIVES
– clamorous, noisy CLAMOSE c1380 obs.
– clamorous, noisy CRIOUS a1382 obs.
– clamorous, noisy GLAMROUS 1488 Sc. obs.
– clamorous, noisy; characterized by great noise or outcry, esp. in opposition OBSTREPEROUS c1600; OBSTROPOLOUS 1748
– making a clamour or outcry YAMMERING 1895
CLAMOROUS etc. – NOUNS
– a clamour REEMOUS Bk1904 Sc.
– a clamour, a confused noise or uproar; a disturbance; a hubbub; a fuss; noisy public talk or rumour ORATION 1828 Eng. dial.
– a clamour, a din, a hullabaloo TAIRDY 1930 Sc.
– a clamour, a fuss; a display of wonderment, surprise, or admiration MIRATION 1888 Amer. dial.
– a clamour, a fuss, to-do, outcry SANG 1739 Sc.
– a clamour, an outcry YAMMERING 1937
– a clamour, an uproar, a fuss, noisy altercation, disturbance NARRATION 1871 Sc.
– a clamour, noise; an outcry PEAL; PEEL Bk1903 Eng. dial.
– a clamour, the confused noise caused by many people talking loudly and together; a babel of tongues; unintelligible speech YATTER 1825 Sc.
– a loud clamour or noise; a riot; confusion; a sudden report RAIRD Bk1905 Sc. obs.
– a noisy clamour of voices YABBLE 1827 Sc.
– clamour SCLAMMER 1920 Sc.
– clamour, an outcry, shouting HUTE 1292 obs. rare
– clamour, noise LUDE a1275 obs.
– clamour, outcry, shouting, roaring; the noise of voices of men or animals BERE c1205 obs.
– clamour, outcry, tumultuous noise; the mingled noise of people shouting CRY c1275 obs.
– clamour, uproar, racket, din; a loud and confused noise TINTAMARRE 1567 rare
– clamour, vociferousness; noisy behaviour; noisy and unruly resistance to control OBSTREPEROUSNESS 1655
CLAMOROUS etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a clamorous, noisy, empty-headed person BAUSON; BAWSON 1830 Eng. dial.
– a clamorous, noisy person BELYORE 1924 Sc.
– a clamorous person; one ready to give mouth; a gossiping woman; a fretful child BELL-WETHER; BELWEATHER c1460
– a clamouring, foul-mouthed person; a vulgar abuser; a scolding impudent slut BILLINGSGATE 1683 obs.
CLAMOROUS etc. – VERBS
– to make a great clamour; to talk loudly and volubly, to jabber away TEAR THE TARTAN 1934 Sc.
– to make a loud clamour, noise, or outcry OBSTREPERATE 1765 obs. rare
CLANDESTINE, CLANDESTINELY – ADJECTIVES
– clandestine; secret HUGGRY-MUGGRY B1900 Sc.
– clandestine, secret, corrupt UNDER THE BED M19
– clandestine, secret, corrupt UNDER THE TABLE 1938
– clandestine; secret, hidden, underhand HIDLINGS L18 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– clandestine; secret; in hiding UNDER COVER 1928 US criminals’ sl.
– clandestine; secret; private; concealed CLANCULAR 1621 obs.
– clandestine; secret, private; underhand CLANCULARY 1563 obs.
– clandestine; secret; private; unknown; underhand CLANCULARIOUS 1656 obs.
– clandestine; secret, surreptitious UNDERHAND 1592
– clandestine; surreptitious SIDE 20C sl.
- clandestine, surreptitious SUBREPTITIOUS 1610
CLANDESTINE etc. – ADVERBS
– clandestinely UNDER THE LAP 1940s Aust. sl.
– clandestinely, in an underhand or secret manner; not openly or honestly; opposed to ‘aboveboard’ UNDERBOARD 1581 obs.
– clandestinely, secretly, stealthily HIDLINS a1225 Sc.
CLANDESTINE etc. – NOUNS
– clandestine conduct HUGGRY-MUGGRY B1900 Sc.
– clandestine or secret operations HIDLINGS 1597 Sc. & Eng. dial.
CLANDESTINE etc. – VERBS
– to peep or pry in a clandestine manner TEET 1785 Sc.
CLANG, CLANGING- NOUNS
– a loud clanging noise SISERARY a1770
CLANG etc. – VERBS
– to clang, to ring; to emit a sharp and loud clanging or ringing sound TANG 1686
CLAP, CLAPPING – NOUNS
– clapping; applause MITT POUNDING 1930s African-American sl.
CLAP, CLAPPING – VERBS
– to clap BEFLAP 1388 obs.
– to clap, to applaud BEAT ONE’S SKIN; BEAT SKIN 1940s African-American sl.
– to clap the hands TACK Bk1905 Eng. dial.
CLARET – NOUNS
– claret LONG CORK L18 sl.
– claret RED-FUSTIAN 1834 sl.
– a drink composed of claret and lemonade PARLOUR FULL OF RAZORS 1930s US sl.
CLARET – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person fond of claret DR. MAGNUM BONUM c1755 Sc.
CLARIFY – VERBS
– to clarify one’s thoughts or thinking on a specific subject; to contribute facts or ideas to a discussion LET DAYLIGHT INTO; LET SUNLIGHT INTO 20C Amer. sl.
CLARINET – NOUNS
– a clarinet AGONY PIPE 1930s US sl.
– a clarinet GOBSTICK 1914 sl.
– a clarinet LICORICE STICK 1935 US jazz sl.
– a clarinet LIQUORICE STICK c1945 Brit. sl.
CLARINET – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who plays the clarinet LICORICE-STICKER 1935 US jazz sl.
CLASH, CLASHING – ADJECTIVES
– clashing, discordant, conflicting JARRING 1661
CLASH etc. – NOUNS
– a clash, fight, or similar confrontation; an argument or quarrel RUN-IN 1894 colloq.
– a clash or crash RASH c1470 Sc.
CLASH etc. – VERBS
– to clash, to come into conflict JAR 1621
CLASP, CLASPED – ADJECTIVES
– fit to be clasped or embraced CLIPSOME 1816 rare
CLASP etc. – NOUNS
– a clasp, a hook HASPEDE a1300 obs. rare
– a clasp; a buckle, a hook, a nail; that which fastens one thing to another, or things together TACK a1300 obs.
– a clasp; a buckle, ribbon, or fastening for clothes; a pendant TASH; TATCH 1772 Sc.
– a clasp or similar fastening KEEP 1615 obs.
– a clasp, pin, brooch, buckle DALK c1000 obs.
– a clasp; the act of clasping SCLASP Bk1904 Sc. obs.
CLASP etc. – VERBS
– to clasp SCLASP Bk1904 Sc. obs.
– to clasp in one’s arms, to embrace HALCH a1300 obs.
– to clasp or embrace a person FATHOM c1440 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace AMPLECT 1525 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace AMPLEX 1543 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace HASP a1300 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace, to fold in the arms BECLIP c1000 arch.
– to clasp, to embrace; to fold in the arms LAP c1350 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace; to lay hold of; to grasp; to hold; to seize FANG c1200 obs.
– to clasp, to embrace; to take hold of, to grasp, to seize, esp. with the hand or claws LATCH c1000 obs.
– to clasp, to enfold FAIK 1513 Sc. obs. rare
– to clasp, to enfold, to envelop; to environ, to surround BELAP c1200 obs.
CLASS – ADJECTIVES (also see HIGH-CLASS, LOW-CLASS)
– of the highest class, best, excellent PUCKER 20C sl.
CLASS – NOUNS
– a class, set, kind of persons or things RANK 1585 obs.
– the highest social class TIP-TOP 20C colloq., chiefly Brit.
– the lowest class LAG 1607 obs.
– the upper classes THE UPPER CRUST 1843 sl.
CLASS – NOUNS, PERSON
– a fashionable and conventional upper-middle-class young person (usually female), esp. living in London SLOANE RANGER 1975 Brit. sl.; SLOANIE 1982 Brit. sl.
– a member of the underclass PIKEY 20C Brit. sl., derogatory
– a person of the lowest possible social class MUDSILL 19C US Civil War usage
– a wealthy (usually married) woman from the upper-class districts, and in some senses likely to be ‘racy’ or sexual accommodating GIN AND JAGUAR BIRD 1970s sl.
CLASS – PHRASES
– in the highest class IN THE TOP FLIGHT 1991
CLASS – VERBS
– to class, to rank ORDER 1662 obs. rare
CLASSIFY – VERBS
– to classify BAG 1967 Amer. sl.
CLASSY – ADJECTIVES
– classy BLIP 1948 US sl.
– classy, excellent; great BITCHEN-TWITCHEN 20C teen & high school sl.
– classy, sophisticated SWANK 1920s sl.
– classy, stylish, fashionable RITZY 1920 US sl.
CLASSY – NOUNS, PERSON
– a very classy, stylish woman BARNBURNER 1930s US sl.
CLATTER, CLATTERING – NOUNS
– a clatter, a din RALLION 1790 Sc.
– a clatter, a loud, rattling noise RATTLE-CUM-BANG B1900 Eng. dial.
– a clatter, a rapping sound, as the crackling of wooden articles when disturbed, a creak NICKER 1881 Sc.
– a clattering noise RANGE Bk1905 Sc.
– a clattering noise RATTLE-TRAP B1900 Eng. dial.
– a clattering noise, as of a wheel when it requires tightening SCATTER-BASKET; SKATTER-BASKET Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– a loud clatter RATTLE-BAGGER B1900 Eng. dial.
– a loud clatter, anything that makes a rattling noise RATTLE-BAG 1781 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– a loud clattering noise REELING Bk1904 Sc.
– a loud clattering noise; the crash of thunder or of a storm; a noisy fray BRATTLE Bk1911 Sc.
– a loud clattering sound REESHLE 1773 Sc.
– clatter, noise, confusion DING-DANG; DING-DONG 1730 Sc. & Eng. dial.
CLATTER etc. – VERBS
– to clatter NECKLE 1819 Eng. dial.
– to clatter; to make a clicking sound, to creak NICKER 1931 Sc.
– to clatter; to work continuously at something which makes a slight noise; to work a person hard NATTER Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to emit a clattering, ringing noise, as when pieces of crockery or metal fall; to crash RANGE 1865 Sc.
– to make a clattering, cracking sound REESHLE 1826 Sc.
CLAUSE – NOUNS
– a clause, sentence, or the like VERSE c1000 obs.
CLAW – NOUNS
– a claw ONGLE 1484 obs.
– a claw UNCE 1609 obs.
– a claw or talon FANG 1731 obs.
– claws, talons CLENCH-HOOKS 19C Eng. dial.
– the claws of a scorpion, etc. TAKER 1608 obs.
CLAW – VERBS
– to claw and pound with the claws as a cat upon a carpet QUILT Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– to claw or scratch with the open hand and nails; to beat, to thrash CAPERCLAW 1589 obs.
– to claw, scratch, scrape CAPERCLAW 1589 obs.
– to claw, scratch, slap, fight with the open hand and nails; to beat with the open hand, to thrash (generally used of women) CLAPPERCLAW 1590 arch. exc. Eng. dial.
– to claw, to scratch, to rub; to scrub hard FAUCH 1923 Sc.
– to claw, to scratch, to tear with the talons TALON 1685 obs.
– to claw, to scratch, to tickle, to scrape CURRY 1598
– to claw; to scratch, to wound severely MAKE THE FUR FLY 1848 sl.
– to claw; to tear with the nails; to scratch SCLAW; SCLOW; SKLAW 1777 Eng. dial.
CLAY – ADJECTIVES
– plastered with clay KATTED 1684 obs.
CLAY – NOUNS
– clay, mire, mud LAIR a1340 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– clay, mud URE Bk1905 Sc.
CLAY – VERBS
– to work in clay, etc., so as to mix it thoroughly TAMPER 1573 obs.
CLAY-SHOOTING – NOUNS, PERSON
– in clayshooting: a competitor who by devious methods shoots in a lower class than his true form warrants SANDBAGGER 1983 UK sl.
CLAY-SHOOTING – VERBS
– in clayshooting: to hit the target accurately KILL 1983 UK sl.
CLEAN, CLEANED, CLEANING, CLEANSE, CLEANSING – ADJECTIVES
– clean AJAX 2002 US sl.
– clean, decent, orderly FARRINKLY 1860 Eng. dial.
– clean, decent, respectable; tidy, neat MENSE 1879 Eng. dial.
– cleaned GABOOTZT 1939 Amer. dial.
– cleaned or tidied up UP-RED 1882 Sc.
– cleaner than clean NASTY NEAT 1975 US sl.
– clean, free from dirt or impurities NEAT 1542 obs.
– clean, free from filth, etc.; bright, clear NET 1967 Amer. dial.
– clean, healthy FRESH UNION 1980s US sl.
– cleaning DIGHTING 1870 Sc.
– clean only on the surface; clean by sweeping though not by washing BESOM-CLEAN Bk1898 Sc.
– cleansing; having power to cleanse MUNDATORY 1706 rare
– cleansing, purgative ABSTERSORY 1623 obs. rare
– clean, tidy, neat; in good order MENSEFUL 1703 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– clean, tidy, smart; generally used ironically TIPLEY Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– clean, unsoiled, unstained FAIR c1225 obs.
– having the quality of cleansing or scouring; tending to cleanse DETERSORY 1657 obs. rare
– made clean or pure YFAIRED 1340 obs.
– perfectly clean SPAN CLEAN Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– very clean CLEAN AS A WHISTLE Bk1999
– very clean SPANDY-CLEAN 1838 Amer. dial.
– very clean and neat PERNICKETY 1967 Amer. dial.
– washed and rinsed so clean as to squeak SQUEAKY CLEAN 1976 sl.
– washed clean, washed away ABLUTED 1650 obs.
CLEAN etc. – NOUNS
– a cleaning, cleansing DIGHTING 1796 Sc.
– a cleaning, setting in order, tidying; arrangement, settlement REDD 1892 Sc. & Eng. dial.; RED-UP Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– a cleansing SCOUR Bk1904 Sc.
– a cleansing agent DETERSORY 1657 obs. rare
– a cleansing or washing LAVEMENT 1650 rare
– a hurried or partial cleaning CAT BATH 1953 Amer. dial.; CAT CLEANING 1968 Amer. dial.
– a means or implement of cleansing MUNDATORY 1859 rare
– a spring-cleaning THOROUGH-CLEANING Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– a thorough cleansing; a rub; the act of rubbing; the sound caused by rubbing; the act of working with energy SCRINGE 1886 Sc.
– a washing clean; the washing or cleansing of one’s person ABLUTION 1748
– a weekly mass cleaning SCRUBOUT 2003 Antarctica usage
– a wiping clean; cleansing, scouring ABSTERSION 1543
– the cleaning up of a street, a ship, etc. TOILET 1885
CLEAN etc. – NOUNS, PERSON
– a person who cleanses FAYER 1611 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
CLEAN etc. – VERBS
– to appear or become clean or fair FAIR a1000 obs.
– to clean MUCK UP Bk1913-17 Amer. navy sl.
– to clean NEAT 1574 obs.
– to clean a room DO OUT 1728 sl.
– to clean clothes thoroughly, esp. by boiling, so as to rid them of lice; to clean a place CRUMB UP Bk1974 Amer. sl.
– to clean from dirt, to remove dirt from DECROTT 1653 obs. nonce word
– to clean or make neat GUSSY UP 20C Amer. sl.
– to clean out, to clear out FADE-OUT Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to clean out; to clear out dirty or disorderly places TOW-ROW 1854 Eng. dial.
– to clean out; to rinse RANGE 1836 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to cleanse ABSTERGIFY 1612 obs. rare
– to cleanse BLAINCH Bk1911 Sc.
– to cleanse CAST CLEAN 1522 obs.
– to cleanse YCLENSE 971 obs.
– to cleanse anew; to refurbish REPLENISH 1891 Sc.
– to cleanse by wiping DIGHT 1684 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to cleanse, to clean out, to put in order; to empty FARM Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– to cleanse, to clear or purify oneself SKIRE a1300 obs.
– to cleanse; to clear, to empty USH 1610 Sc. obs.
– to cleanse, to prepare DERSE 1828 Eng. dial.
– to clean something thoroughly SAND AND CANVAS 1912 sl., orig. naval usage
– to clean, to cleanse, to polish; to clear away filth, etc. FAY c1205; FEIGH c1205 obs.
– to clean, to rub down SCROIL Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– to clean, to scrub, to act as a drudge SCODGY 1898 Sc.
– to clean, to smarten, to revive FRESHEN UP 1937 UK sl.
– to clean, to tidy, put in order; to sweep, to dust DIGHT 1678 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– to clean up anything faded or soiled; to give a new look to; to renovate, to revive FURBISH 1587
– to clean up; to put in order SIDE UP 1895 Amer. dial.
– to clean up, to tidy, to put in order RID 1882 Eng. dial.
– to clean up; to tidy; to set in order, to arrange; to prepare REDD 1787 Sc. & Eng. dial.; REDD UP; RED UP 1842 Amer. dial.
– to come in to do cleaning work in a house, shop, office, or institution CHAR(E) 1732
– to make clean and neat; to clear up; also, to dress or smarten oneself up MENSE 1859 Eng. dial.
– to make clean and neat, to put in order MENSEN UP 1889 Eng. dial.
– to make clean or good-looking; to beautify FAIR 1340 obs.
– to wipe clean; to cleanse ABSTERGE 1541; ABSTERSE 1646 obs. rare
CLEANER – NOUNS, PERSON
– a cleaner AUNTIE ENA 1992 UK rhyming sl.
– a woman hired to do general cleaning; a charwoman CHAR c1875
– a woman who works as a cleaner, a charwoman MRS MOP 1948 UK sl.
CLEANER – VERBS
– to work as a cleaner or charwoman OBLIGE 1930s euphemism
CLEANSE – see CLEAN
CLEAR, CLEARNESS (free from darkness) – ADJECTIVES
– clear, bright NEAT 1591 obs.
– clear; bright NET 1481 obs.
– clear; bright SCARVISH Bk1904 Eng. dial. obs.
– clear; bright; full of light, shining LUCULENT c1420 rare
– clear; bright, giving forth light like a torch FACULENT 1560 obs. rare
– clear; bright, vivid, distinctly seen or heard, not blurred or faint; said of sights, sounds, colours, memories, etc. VEEVE; VIEVE, VIVE 1778 Sc.
– very clear CLEAR AS VODKA Bk2006 US sl.
– very clear indeed (Clear as a Frapping Bell) CFB 1980 US Air Force usage
CLEAR etc. (free from darkness) – NOUNS
– clearness, brightness FACULENCE 1727-36 obs.
– clearness, freedom from cloud OPENNESS 1611 obs.
CLEAR, CLEARNESS (easy to understand) – ADJECTIVES
– clear, distinct, fluent REDD 1836 Sc.
– clear, evident; easy to perceive or understand BRIGHT a1200
– clear, intelligible UNCURIOUS1601-3 obs.
– made clear, plain, or lucid DILUCIDATE 1651 obs.
– making clear, manifest, or evident DECLARATIVE a1536 obs.
– perfectly clear, esp. in sound quality CLEAR AS A BELL Bk1999
– perfectly clear or plain CLEAR AS CRYSTAL Bk1999
– very clear, self-evident STICKS OUT LIKE A DOG’S BALLS Bk1999 Aust. sl.
CLEAR etc. (easy to understand) – NOUNS
– clearness; lucidness; plainness DILUCIDITY 1603 obs.
CLEAR etc. (easy to understand) – VERBS
– to make clear, plain, or evident; to free from obscurity; to elucidate, to explain DILUCIDATE 1538 obs.
– to make clear, to elucidate; to shed light upon ILLUCIDATE a1545 rare
– to make clear, to explain ELIQUIDATE 1596 obs. rare
– to make clear; to teach, to demonstrate, to impart information COMMONSTRATE 1623 obs.
– to make something clear; to inform, to pass on information LAY IT OUT 1930s sl.
CLEARANCE – NOUNS
– a clearance, the removal of an obstruction or annoyance; separation REDD Bk1904 Sc. & Eng. dial.
CLEARANCE – VERBS
– to make a swift clearance of anything, as food at the table HAG RICE 1871 Eng. dial.
CLEAR AWAY – VERBS
– to clear away; to put aside; to remove SIDE 1848
– to clear or put away MAKE A SIDATION Bk1905 Eng. dial.
CLEARING UP, CLEAR UP – NOUNS
– a clearing up or revelation of what is obscure or unknown; an explanation ÉCLAIRCISSEMENT 1673
CLEARING UP etc. – VERBS
– to clear up ECLAIRCISE 1754 obs. rare
– to clear up, to sort; to disentangle, to unravel REDD 1641 Sc. & Eng. dial.
CLEARLY – ADVERBS
– clearly, completely, thoroughly FAIRLINGS Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– clearly, manifestly, evidently BY THE CLOCK c1920 Amer. sl.
– clearly, obviously; so as to be felt, plainly seen, observed, etc. PALPABLY 1584
– clearly, plainly FAIR AND CLEAR 1860 Eng. dial.
– clearly, plainly, easily, distinctly; frankly, downright FAIR 1393 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– clearly, splendidly, brilliantly; loudly, fiercely BREME a1000 obs.
– clearly, vividly VEEVILY 1866 Sc.
– clearly, vividly; to the life VIVELY 1631 Sc.
CLEAVE – VERBS
– to cleave TO-SLIVE c1050 obs.
– to cleave asunder; to split open; to divide or separate into two parts TO-CLEAVE c888 obs.
– to cleave or split ACLEAVE 1460 obs. rare
– to cleave; to cut, to chop, to hack YARK; YERK 1827 Sc.
– to cleave, to split open; to rive or tear asunder TO-RIVE c1300 obs.
CLEMATIS – NOUNS
– clematis LADY’S BOWER 1597
CLEMENCY – NOUNS
– clemency, pity, mercy, grace, favour ORE a1000 obs.
CLENCH – VERBS
– to clench the fists; to make a feint of striking QUAVER 1865 Eng. dial.