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    #1

    to clear on a boat

    Iíve got to clear on a boat thatís going to Frisco.í
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    ĎI guess it ainít very convenient for me to go to Frisco just now. I went to see the governor yesterday afternoon, but I couldnít get to him.

    (W.S. Maugham; Rain)

    Does it mean that she has to evade going aboard that ship?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: to clear on a boat

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    I'm not familiar with that phrase, but I'm going to venture a guess that he's trying to be cleared by customs to get on that boat.

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    #3

    Re: to clear on a boat

    My apologies if I didn't provide enough of context.

    The girl that says it must (the governor has given an order) board a ship that's going to San Francisco, but she doesn't want to and would rather board the next ship to Sydney.

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: to clear on a boat

    It could mean that she has to clear (leave) the place she is in at present.

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    #5

    Re: to clear on a boat

    I am surprised that you should hate fiction, Parser, that distances you from some of the greatest writing in the world.

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    #6

    Re: to clear on a boat

    I agree with Slick.

    It probably means to get clearance to board the ship.

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    #7

    Re: to clear on a boat

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (Of course, I shall delete my first post.)
    I, for one, do not think you should have deleted your post. It represents a different view of the situation.

    Incidentally, her words were these "ĎA fellerís just been in here and he says I gotter beat it on the next boat.í

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    Re: to clear on a boat

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Incidentally, her words were these "ĎA fellerís just been in here and he says I gotter beat it on the next boat.í
    This appears to suggest that my reading of' Iíve got to clear on a boat thatís going to Friscoí as meaning that she has to leave is correct.

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    #9

    Re: to clear on a boat

    I haven't seen it before in this shortened form but my first thought was similar to 5jj's, that it meant she had to "clear out", that is, to leave and probably in a hurry.
    "I was at my girlfriend's place when her father came home and told me to clear out and not come back".

    not a teacher

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    #10

    Re: to clear on a boat

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I haven't seen it before in this shortened form
    Neither have I, but it is the only interpretation that seems to fit here. Some of Maugham's characters,especially the 'not quite our sort of people' and speakers of non-RP varieties of English came out with some unusual constructions at times.

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