"clear the decks" meaning in English

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Verb

Forms: clears the decks [present, singular, third-person], clearing the decks [participle, present], cleared the decks [participle, past], cleared the decks [past]
Head templates: {{en-verb|*}} clear the decks (third-person singular simple present clears the decks, present participle clearing the decks, simple past and past participle cleared the decks)
  1. (nautical) To remove, or fasten, all loose material, or partitions prior to a naval engagement. Categories (topical): Nautical
    Sense id: en-clear_the_decks-en-verb-n1MSPvd6 Categories (other): English entries with incorrect language header Disambiguation of English entries with incorrect language header: 94 6 Topics: nautical, transport
  2. (by extension, figurative) To prepare for action. Tags: broadly, figuratively
    Sense id: en-clear_the_decks-en-verb-ekyRLZks
The following are not (yet) sense-disambiguated
Related terms: all hands on deck, battle stations Translations (order): הִכּוֹן לַקְרָב (hikon lakrav) (Hebrew), zafarrancho (Spanish)
Disambiguation of 'order': 0 0

Inflected forms

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