relieve (someone or oneself) of (something)

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relieve (someone or oneself) of (something)

1. To remove or lessen a burden on someone or oneself. Simply talking to someone can go a long way toward relieving yourself of stress or anxiety.
2. To remove someone or oneself from a job or set of responsibilities. The chief of police has been relieved of duty in the wake of the investigation into departmental corruption. I decided to relieve myself of the position to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
3. To rob someone of something. There are plenty of thieves willing to relieve you of your belongings if you aren't paying attention.
See also: of, relieve
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

relieve someone of something

1. Lit. to unburden someone of something. Here, let me relieve you of that heavy box. At last, he could relieve himself of the problem.
2. . Fig. to lessen someone's responsibilities. I will relieve you of some of the responsibility you have carried for so long. Let me relieve you of that job. You have enough to do.
See also: of, relieve

relieve one of one's duties

Euph. to fire someone; to dismiss someone from employment. I am afraid I must relieve you of your duties. After the scandal, she was relieved of her duties at the embassy.
See also: duty, of, one, relieve
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

relieve someone of

1. Take something away from someone, rob someone of something, as in The pickpocket relieved Dean of his wallet.
2. Take away a burden or responsibility, as in The doorman relieved her of her packages, or He was relieved of all his duties. [Early 1800s]
See also: of, relieve, someone
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.

relieve of

1. To take or lift a burden from someone: The bellhop relieved us of our heavy luggage. Their rudeness relieved me of the burden of having to invite them.
2. To dismiss someone from a job, office, or position: After the scandal, the army relieved him of his post.
3. To rob or deprive someone of something: Pickpockets relieved the tourist of her money.
See also: of, relieve
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Addressing an election rally here, Gandhi urged the people to relieve themselves of 22 years of mismanaged governance by various political outfits and give an opportunity to his party to foster development in the state.
On the face of it, such gestures look "extraordinary gratis", but in reality they relieve themselves of "waste" as developed countries relieve their dangerous nuclear waste by free-dumping in developing countries.
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I am referring to the constant stream of supporters either replenishing their 'six packs' at the bars or to relieve themselves of the contents of many 'six packs' consumed in the lead-up to and during the game.
While there is a need for life insurers to find ways to relieve themselves of high acquisition costs, reserve strain and/or capital strain, there is also a need from a lender's perspective.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: ``If a club go into administration and can relieve themselves of debt it gives an unfair advantage in terms of league position.
Taking rents, however, rarely reached that point, as virtually everything became negotiable, and many sublandlords resorted to rates in the mid-teens to relieve themselves of surplus space.
People may close their eyes before touching or rubbing them as if to further block or relieve themselves of what they just heard.