from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To clear a blockage from (a drain, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove a blockage from.
- v. To have a blockage removed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disencumber of a clog, or of difficulties and obstructions; to free from encumbrances; to set at liberty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disencumber of what clogs; relieve of difficulties or obstructions; free from encumbrances.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become or cause to become unobstructed
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Paulson argues that relieving banks of dubious mortgage-backed securities will "unclog" the financial system and encourage essential business and consumer lending.
This presumably would "unclog" capital markets, the financial economy would begin functioning normally again, and then the government would recoup what it could.
I've had to 'unclog' parts of the burner with a push-pin a couple of times now.
The great lie is that this bail out will 'unclog' the credit pipes -- as if other people are sitting around with trillions of dollars ready to buy out junk bonds at above-market prices.
And then there are some in the administration who simply want to unclog the pipeline of loans awaiting modification.
Some professional reporters might be able to unclog a toilet, but that doesn't make them plumbers.
Others report using clips to hang Christmas tree ornaments, clean pipes and unclog tubes of glue.
Everyone was supposed to know how to write, talk, run a web press, unclog a toilet, stage a demonstration.
In Tennessee, officials in White House, north of Nashville, told WSMV-TV that a public works employee died when he was washed into a drain pipe after pulling debris out of it to unclog it.
U.S. and British officials have vowed to use force to unclog the international waterway, the narrow outlet through which one-fifth of the world's oil trade exits the Persian Gulf.