dispose of (someone or something)

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dispose of (someone or something)

1. To eliminate someone or something; 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 issues 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

v.
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.
See also: dispose, of
References in classic literature ?
First taking another look at the pretty little hand and fingers, to make certain the thimble might not be reclaimed, when satisfied that it really belonged to her who wished to dispose of it, she ventured to answer.
If folk can afford to buy stuff regardless of how big or small then they can afford to dispose of it properly
It would be lunacy for me to drive seven miles, burning fossil fuels, to dispose of it in my nearest council centre.
His crime was not to check that the person who offered to take away his rubbish was registered to dispose of it legally.
Recyclers could be liable if they know they possess consumer report information and they do not dispose of it properly," says Katherine Armstrong, an attorney in the division of finance for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is responsible for FACTA.
Attorney Anthony Patchett, representing neighbors who say fumes and dust coming off the property is making them ill, said he believes the pumice was mixed with septic tank waste, camouflaging the septic waste and allowing the operators to avoid paying to dispose of it at a sewage treatment plant.
But where did that vinyl come from and how much will it cost you to maintain it (cleaners, wax, stripper, hours of labor) and finally dispose of it.
It was easier just to dispose of it than to store it.
And until now, dumping bags of the fire-retarding and insulating fibers in landfills was the primary way to dispose of it.
In court documents, neighboring residents and business people accused Smith & Thompson of also dumping raw, untreated septic waste on the property to avoid paying fees to dispose of it at a sewage treatment plant.
There has to be other methods, or places to dispose of it, that are better choices than close to a school and homes, and water reservoirs,'' the mayor added.
I had not given any orders to anybody to dispose of it,'' Lafflam said of the chemical stores in the days after the fire.
In this case, the explosive killed two physicists and severely injured another man as they attempted to dispose of it by incinerating it in a metal pan containing sawdust and other chemicals.