My manager used to tell me "I'm Clear" or "Clear now!" when I had asked him to give me a few minutes to talk. I believe he meant he has time to talk or he is free. But I never heard this phrase from anyone else. Is my assumption correct? Why do I never hear that from anyone else? Which one is better to say (I'm free/I have time/I'm clear)?
There is no doubt in my mind that he meant "I'm free", or that he had time to talk.
Here are some relevant definitions I found.
- a : to free from obligation or encumbrance
not blocked or filled; open or available:
The only time the doctor has clear today is 3:30—can you make it then?
However, from personal experience, I don't feel like "I'm clear" is common or popular. I feel like clear is usually used in the following sense
I've cleared my schedule.
I think "I'm free" is much more common than "I'm clear". Regardless, he did mean that he has time to talk because he was using the definition(s) given above.