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dispose of (someone or something)

1. To get rid of someone or something. The CEO is apt to dispose of any manager who does not agree with him all the time. After our basement flooded, we had to dispose of most of the boxes we’d stored down there.
2. To settle or resolve something. Jean is the best editor in the writing center, so she'll definitely dispose of any issue in your paper.
3. To relocate, sell, or give something away. Once I move into the city, I'll need to dispose of my car.
4. slang To kill someone. We need to dispose of the informant before he goes running to the police again.
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dispose of someone or something

to get rid of someone or something. (See also dispose of someone.) How can I dispose of this bothersome customer? Where shall I dispose of this wastepaper?
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dispose of someone

Sl. to kill someone. (See also dispose of someone or something.) Max suggested that he would dispose of Lefty if Lefty continued to be a pest. The boss ordered Max to dispose of Lefty.
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dispose of

1. Attend to, settle, deal with, as in He quickly disposed of the problem. [Early 1600s]
2. Transfer, part with, as by giving away or selling. For example, They wanted to dispose of the land as soon as possible. [Second half of 1600s]
3. Get rid of, throw out, as in Can we dispose of the trash in this barrel? Oliver Goldsmith had this idiom in She Stoops to Conquer (1773): "I'm disposing of the husband before I have secured the lover." [Mid-1600s]
4. Kill or destroy; also, humorously, consume. For example, The king was determined to dispose of his enemies, or John disposed of the cake in no time. [Second half of 1800s]
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dispose of

1. To throw out or get rid of something: The government hired contractors to dispose of the nuclear waste.
2. To settle or attend to some problem, question, or situation: We quickly disposed of the problem before anyone found out.
3. To transfer or part with something, as by giving away or selling it: The bank disposed of its bad loans.
4. To kill or destroy someone: The dictator disposed of all his enemies.
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I had not given any orders to anybody to dispose of it,'' Lafflam said of the chemical stores in the days after the fire.
Staples Brand Shredders can dispose of credit cards, cut through standard staples, and offer varying levels of sheet capacity and shred capability to accommodate the different needs of businesses and consumers.
Under the appropriate circumstances, careful planning can result in substantial tax savings to corporate taxpayers that wish to dispose of a first-tier subsidiary in a taxable transaction, but desire to retain one or more second-tier subsidiaries or other assets of the first-tier subsidiary.
The Rethink Initiative will educate consumers on how to properly dispose of or recycle the millions of tons of e-waste they confront each year.
More than ever it's critical to develop a plan for both protecting the sensitive data on the system that is being replaced -- and to follow state laws that dictate how to safely dispose of computers.
NYSE:RRA), announced today that it will take a pre-tax non-cash charge of approximately $12 million to $13 million, ($7 million to $9 million after-tax) in the third quarter of 2004 due to its decision to dispose of its E&N Railway in British Columbia, Canada.
Companies can be held culpable and fined if their data falls into the wrong hands and misused when they resell, donate or otherwise dispose of their IT equipment, without first sanitizing the information on their hard drives, as well as for trashing old machines without complying with environmental regulations.
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When it comes to gardening and yard care, residents need to use and dispose of pesticides and fertilizers responsibly, as runoff from these products is a major source of storm water pollution, leading to unhealthy neighborhoods, polluted waterways and beach closures.
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Except for a very few hospitals, almost all hospitals in the twin cities have no incinerators to burn and dispose of the hazardous waste and they thrown the same in trash trolleys or at dumping places, causing and contributing to hepatitis cases.
I telephoned Middlesbrough Council and spoke to the recycling manager asking him where I could dispose of this bulb.
Dispose of anything not used in the past year or that you don't need.
2 tonnes of medicines have been collected as part of a campaign to encourage people to safely dispose of unused of out of date prescription drugs.
February 15, the statistics say 559 news cases were filed in the Supreme Court, while it disposed of 505 cases, 496 new cases were filed in LHC, while it disposed of 3179 cases, 1087 new cases were filed in SHC, while it disposed of 741 cases, 709 news case filed in PHC while it disposed of 527 cases and 126 cases were filed in Balochistan while it dispose of 41.