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dispossess of (something)

To take one's possession. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dispossess" and "of." If you don't pay your mortgage, you'll be dispossessed of your house before long.
See also: dispossess, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dispossess someone of something

to separate someone from a possession. Do you intend to dispossess us of our home? They were dispossessed of the only possessions they had.
See also: dispossess, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It is no surprise then that the dispossessed are taking their grievances both to the European Court of Justice and the Supreme Court of the Republic.
In an interview conducted in 1980, six years after the publication of The Dispossessed, Le Guin was asked about gender relations in the anarchist society within the novel.
Le Guin's The Dispossessed (1974), further complicates the education of desire by placing its utopia in the context of ecological scarcity.
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The move appears to be an attempt to get dispossessed landowners to surrender their title deeds.
They were not dispossessed"--should raise eyebrows.
The North is no longer just dispossessed Aboriginals and transient workers and misplaced Francophones.
In these difficult times, ZaatarDiva, both personal and grounded in world events, provides an empowering voice for the marginalized and dispossessed.
On the one hand, social historians sought to recapture the lives and experiences of the working class and other dispossessed groups.
Nelson's visit to the black village of Triolet in Mauritius provokes thoughts of African legacy and the lives of the dispossessed. She writes, "Without history, people stumble / around the grindstone in a deepening track," and "The hope of chattels in the barracoons / was that their seed would multiply and spread / around the earth: that even octoroons, / remembering chattels in the barracoons, / would feel sad wonder."
Castro's nationalization of private property generated thousands of dispossessed claimants.
The figures sweetly derange any straightforward political program by invoking various others: They become hoboes representing those dispossessed by Operation Freedom as well as America's own homeless.
Meanwhile, the black poor--homeless, separated from loved ones, dispossessed, it seemed, from the face of the earth--shuffled from one ludicrous and inadequate sports stadium to another, or they took up living like carrion under bridges on interstate highways.
They're concerned with the usual angst, exploration, and antics of the average dispossessed, but written very lucidly and with feeling.
And I have to wonder: What in this religious woman, this spiritual mother and grandmother, this sister to the poor and dispossessed, was so threatening that someone had to execute her?