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What is the meaning of the idiom 'the coast is clear'?

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If the coast is clear, then there are no enemy ships off your coast, waiting to bomb your city. Nowadays, people say the coast is clear to mean any situation where any person who would object to whatever you are doing is gone. You often hear this phrase when students are about to do something they are not supposed to do - they look around for a teacher or prefect, then someone says "The coast is clear" so they know they can go ahead and get up to their mischief.

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