put someone/something out of the way

put out of the way

1. To place, set, or otherwise move someone or something to a position that is no longer in the way or someone or something else. Will you please put your toys out of the way? I keep tripping over them. The coach put the younger players out of the way while the varsity team practiced.
2. To lock someone up in prison. The sheriff decided it was high time to put the notorious gangster out of the way for good.
3. euphemism To kill someone. He's the only witness to what we've done—if he goes to the police, he could ruin everything! We have to put him out of the way.
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put someone/something out of the way

tv. to remove someone or something as a barrier. Yes, she is a problem, but you’ll just have to put her out of the way and concentrate on this issue.
See also: of, out, put, someone, something, way
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