do away with (someone, something, or oneself)(redirected from done away with them)
do away with (someone, something, or oneself)
1. To stop or eliminate something. The company had to do away with free lunches in order to save money. You can do away with your walking boot now—the X-rays show that your foot is completely healed.
2. To kill oneself, someone, or something. I did away with the informant, boss, don't worry—he'll never talk to the police again.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
do away with (oneself)
Euph. to commit suicide. The doctor was afraid that Betty would do away with herself. I wouldn't think of doing away with myself.
do away with something
to get rid of something. This chemical will do away with the stain in your sink. The time has come to do away with that old building.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
do away with
1. Make an end of, eliminate. For example, The town fathers have decided to do away with the old lighting system.
2. Demolish, destroy, kill, as in The animal officer did away with the injured deer lying by the side of the road. In the 13th century both usages were simply put as do away, the with being added only in the late 1700s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
do away with
1. To make an end of; eliminate.
2. To destroy; kill.
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.