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Difference between Clear away and Clear off

clear away

1. (of clouds, fog, etc.) vanish; disappear:

  • The mist cleared away as the sun came out.

2. clear the table:

  • Mother always clears away when we have finished eating.

clear off

1. (coll., often imper.) be off; go away (also: clear out):

  • I told them to clear off and threatened to call the police.

2. (coll., also: clear out) run away; leave in a hurry:

  • When he saw the policeman, he cleared off as fast as his legs could carry him.

3. = clear away 1:

  • This fog cleared off more quickly than others and after an hour it was just overcast and warm.