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get rid of (someone or something)

To discard, eliminate, or become free from something or someone. We finally got rid of your younger brother, he's so annoying! Would you please get rid of that filthy couch already?
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get rid of

Also, be rid of. Eliminate, discard, or free oneself from. For example, It's time we got rid of these old newspapers, or He kept calling for months, but now we're finally rid of him. The first expression dates from the mid-1600s, the second from the 1400s. Also see get out of, def. 5.
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get ˈrid of somebody/something

make yourself free of somebody/something that is annoying you or that you do not want; throw something away: Try and get rid of your visitors before I get there.I can’t get rid of this headache.We got rid of all the old furniture.
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get rid of

To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of: Let's get rid of that broken chair.
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His spiders are now becoming as great a nuisance as his flies, and today I told him that he must get rid of them.
Besides physically removing them or drying up the habitat, it's pretty hard to get rid of them,'' Maxwell said.
You need specific traces of [p27 and other] proteins, but you also need to get rid of them fast.
And if they no longer meet the winning criteria, get rid of them fast and find new ones that do.
They don't want to make the guns more efficient, they want to get rid of them,'' said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun owners group based in the Seattle area.
But we were surprised by how many wanted to get rid of them.