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 Clay’more or Glay’more (2 syl.)Clean (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Clean.
 
Free from blame or fault.   1
        “Ye are clean, but not all.”—John xiii. 10.
   BILL. To show a clean bill of health. (See page 135, col. 1, BILL OF HEALTH.)   2
   BREAST. To make a clean breast or Make a clean breast of it. To make a full and unreserved confession.   3
   HANDS. To have clean hands. To be quite clear of some stated evil. Hence “clean-handed.”   4
   To keep the hands clean. Not to be involved in wrong-doing.   5
   HEART. To have a clean heart. A righteous spirit.   6
        “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.”—Psalm li. 10.
   HEELS. To show a clean pair of heels. To make one’s escape, to run away. Here “clean” means free from obstruction.   7
        “The Maroons were runaway slaves who had … . shown their tyrants a clean pair of heels.”—Sala.
   LIFE. To live a clean life. Blameless and undefiled.   8
   TONGUE. A clean tongue. Not abusive, not profane, not foul.   9
 


 Clay’more or Glay’more (2 syl.)Clean (To). 

 
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