Language Arts for Kids/Literature


There's a story my daughter is working on.  A character named Herbert wishes for 200 pounds.  When someone offers the said amount that would satisfy Herbert's wish, his response is "200 pounds would "clear the house".

"Clear the house" sounds like a slang expression.  What does it mean?


Matthew Bono

Dear Matt,
Herbert wishes for 200 pounds (money).  His response is: 200 pounds (money) would clear the house..meaning the 200 pounds would pay off the house.  (Pay off the remaining money needed to pay off the house)
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