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.
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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.
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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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Somehow, the sea-wind seeded these sluggish mermaids, and when they chanced to deliver themselves of a male "Monster," they'd either try to render it girlish through genital mutilation or feed it to the eagles.
[51] By rewriting the convention of male literary fecundity with the image of a full female womb, Marguerite thus reappropriates a useful literary conceit, but even as she does so she exposes the incommensurability of metaphorical and physical pregnancy: having labored with their wits and quills, male poets deliver themselves of a poem and have done with it.