deliver (someone or oneself) of (something)

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deliver (someone or oneself) of (something)

1. To rescue or free someone from a difficulty or burden. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "deliver" and "of." Ugh, nothing will deliver us of all the extra work we've inherited since Jane retired. The act of confession finally delivered me of my guilt.
2. To say something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "deliver" and "of." I can't believe he delivered himself of such inappropriate language in front of children!
See also: deliver, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

deliver someone of something

to free someone from some burden or problem; to liberate someone from some confinement. He was looking for someone to deliver him of his burdensome responsibility. He was delivered of his burden.
See also: deliver, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

deliver (oneself) of

To pronounce; utter: Before leaving I delivered myself of a few choice comments.
See also: deliver, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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