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Clear the stock

Clear out the stock

Which one is correct and formal?

I have searched in Google and got results for both.

Also Google Ngram shows more results for "clear the stock" than "clear out the stock".

Stock here in my example means "all the goods available at factory, which we want to despatch"

Please help me. Thanks in advance.

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Out intensifies the meaning of clear - i.e. it means "completely." Out is associated with removal.

Out, up, down are often used like this to mean "completely" or "totally."

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  • Thanks for the answer. But stock here means all the available goods. So what should I use here? "Clear the stock" or "Clear out the stock". If the answer is "Clear out the stock", then why not the other? Could you please explain – Raj 33 Dec 19 '17 at 13:50
  • Can anybody help on this subject? – Raj 33 Dec 19 '17 at 16:43
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    I cannot cite a source for this, but to me "clear out" has a physical connotation, "He cleared out his desk" implies that the physical items in a physical desk located in physical space were removed. In accounting terminology, "to clear" means to set to zero. If I want to rid my stockroom of physical inventory, then a clearance sale to clear out my physical inventory seems idiomatic to me as a banker. If I want to turn inventory into money and reduce my investment in inventory to zero, then clearing the books of inventory seems idiomatic to me as a banker. The verb depends on point of view. – Jeff Morrow Dec 19 '17 at 18:35

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