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.
Southern England here. I can say I've never heard the phrase - "I'm Clear" to mean I have a few moments to talk. If fact if someone said I'm clear, I'd be hard pushed to work out what they meant, with the closest guess being clear of cancer or some other disease!