deliver (someone or oneself) of (something)(redirected from delivered themselves of)
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!
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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.
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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