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Meaning of “the coast is clear” in the English Dictionary

"the coast is clear" in British English

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the coast is clear

it is ​safe to do something or go ​somewhere because no one is ​watching or ​listening who would ​prevent you or ​catch you: You can come out now, the coast is ​clear.
(Definition of the coast is clear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the coast is clear" in American English

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the coast is clear

someone can ​safely do something without being ​seen or ​noticed: My ​brother went to ​see if the coast was ​clear, and we ​snuck out of ​ourbedroom.
(Definition of the coast is clear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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