purge (something) of (something)

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purge (something) of (something)

1. To completely free or clean something of something unwanted. We'll need to purge the machine of the contaminated coolant before we begin operating it. Police have begun purging the streets of protesters.
2. To cleanse something of impure or sinful thoughts or feelings. I recommend you turn to prayer to purge your mind of those evil thoughts. Your obsessive focus on purging your congregation of sin has become a sin unto itself.
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purge someone or something of someone or something

to rid someone or something of someone or something. The medicine is designed to purge the patient of the deadly toxin. We purged the list of the delinquent members.
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Not to quote the illustrious examples of those heroic scourges of mankind, whose amiable path in life has been from birth to death through blood, and fire, and ruin, and who would seem to have existed for no better purpose than to teach mankind that as the absence of pain is pleasure, so the earth, purged of their presence, may be deemed a blessed place--not to quote such mighty instances, it will be sufficient to refer to old John Willet.
Some of them were sabered and the Kremlin was purged of their presence."
The homes of the Military and Artisan classes were inspected in a course of visitations extending through upwards of a year; and during that period every town, village, and hamlet was systematically purged of that excess of the lower orders which had been brought about by the neglect to pay the tribute of Criminals to the Schools and University, and by the violation of the other natural Laws of the Constitution of Flatland.
These two conflicting halves in the character of the Christ of the Gospels, which no sound psychology can ever reconcile, Nietzsche always kept distinct in his own mind; he could not credit the same man with sentiments sometimes so noble and at other times so vulgar, and in presenting us with this new portrait of the Saviour, purged of all impurities, Nietzsche rendered military honours to a foe, which far exceed in worth all that His most ardent disciples have ever claimed for Him.
Weld joints of this nature need to be purged of oxygen and welded in an inert atmosphere to prevent the oxidation that would otherwise lead to loss of corrosion resistance and imperfections in the joint metallurgy.
Weld joints of this nature need to be purged of oxygen and welded in an inert atmosphere, to prevent the oxidation that would otherwise lead to loss of corrosion resistance and imperfections in the joint metallurgy.
According to Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, large-diameter stainless steel pipes can be purged of air quickly and easily with reported savings of up to 90% in purge gas requirements--using a British-made weld-purging system.
Large pipes and vessels can be purged of air quickly and easily--with savings of up to 90 percent in purge gas requirements--using a British-made weld purging system.
This new domestic role for the CIA comes at a time when the agency is being purged of analysts and officers not deemed loyal to the Bush administration and its agenda.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques says large pipes and vessels can be purged of air quickly and easily--with reported savings of up to 90% in purge gas requirements--using a British-made weld purging system.