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 for To clear a ship at the customhouse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clear \Clear\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleared; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Clearing.]
     1. To render bright, transparent, or undimmed; to free from
        clouds.
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              He sweeps the skies and clears the cloudy north.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. To free from impurities; to clarify; to cleanse.
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     3. To free from obscurity or ambiguity; to relive of
        perplexity; to make perspicuous.
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              Many knotty points there are
              Which all discuss, but few can clear. --Prior.
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     4. To render more quick or acute, as the understanding; to
        make perspicacious.
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              Our common prints would clear up their
              understandings.                       --Addison
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     5. To free from impediment or incumbrance, from defilement,
        or from anything injurious, useless, or offensive; as, to
        clear land of trees or brushwood, or from stones; to clear
        the sight or the voice; to clear one's self from debt; --
        often used with of, off, away, or out.
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              Clear your mind of cant.              --Dr. Johnson.
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              A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art
              of the statuary only clears away the superfluous
              matter.                               --Addison.
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     6. To free from the imputation of guilt; to justify,
        vindicate, or acquit; -- often used with from before the
        thing imputed.
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              I . . . am sure he will clear me from partiality.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              How! wouldst thou clear rebellion?    --Addison.
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     7. To leap or pass by, or over, without touching or failure;
        as, to clear a hedge; to clear a reef.
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     8. To gain without deduction; to net.
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              The profit which she cleared on the cargo.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     To clear a ship at the customhouse, to exhibit the
        documents required by law, give bonds, or perform other
        acts requisite, and procure a permission to sail, and such
        papers as the law requires.
  
     To clear a ship for action, or To clear for action
        (Naut.), to remove incumbrances from the decks, and
        prepare for an engagement.
  
     To clear the land (Naut.), to gain such a distance from
        shore as to have sea room, and be out of danger from the
        land.
  
     To clear hawse (Naut.), to disentangle the cables when
        twisted.
  
     To clear up, to explain; to dispel, as doubts, cares or
        fears.
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