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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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References in classic literature ?
"By no means," replied the Fox; "pray do not molest them." "How is this?' said the Hedgehog; "do you not want to be rid of them?' "No," returned the Fox, "for these flies which you see are full of blood, and sting me but little, and if you rid me of these which are already satiated, others more hungry will come in their place, and will drink up all the blood I have left."
I would urge them more myself, but that I am impatient to be rid of him, as Mainwaring comes within half an hour.
Terming the ongoing Panama case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children a 'war against corruption', Imran Khan says the country will soon be rid of the 'Sharif mafia'.
WELL, I have never been more glad to be rid of something since I ditched an ex in the late eighties.
It's time for gay men to be rid of a drastic misconception about their sex lives, a misconception they've inherited from straight people eager to apply gender stereotypes to sex between two males.
And that's an evil thing he did, and to be rid of that evil would be no bad thing.
She agreed there were times when she "wanted to be rid of him."