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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.
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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.
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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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After five years of misunderstandings on the stairs, it pleased an all-wise Providence to relieve us of each other by taking my wife.
That will relieve us of six hundred and fifty pounds, a weight not to be despised--and the end is worth the trouble!"
As soon as the boche and his guard were aboard again, I called all hands on deck, including von Schoenvorts, and there I explained to them that the time had come for us to enter into some sort of an agreement among ourselves that would relieve us of the annoyance and embarrassment of being divided into two antagonistic parts--prisoners and captors.
"He is an idle man, and it is quite likely that he will relieve us of all trouble by taking the matter into his own hands.
To set those blaring images so high, and to cause us smaller vermin, as under the influence of henbane or opium, to cry out, night and day, 'Relieve us of our money, scatter it for us, buy us and sell us, ruin us, only we beseech ye take rank among the powers of the earth, and fatten on us'!
The foul fiend to whom it properly belongs must relieve us of our loathsome task.
Horace looked across the room at Grace, and answered, "He is here to relieve us of that woman."
Belief and love,--a believing love will relieve us of a vast load of care.
In the modern age of science there are many other ways like yoga, meditation, exercise, reading of inspiring books which can relieve us of tension, worry and make us relaxed and hopeful.
"Can the authorities, please, step up their game and relieve us of the burden of securing our businesses?" His contact is [email#160protected] class="MsoNormalTHIRST IN RUBIA: Calling Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company is John Kimeu, a resident of Rubia Estate at Lang'ata, who says that the last time he and his neighbours saw a drop of water come out of their taps was believe it or not some six months ago.
'The government cannot and should not relieve us of our services in an unceremonious way.
A secret Santa in the person of Keith Barwell, owner of Northampton Saints, is apparently willing to relieve us of Warren Gatland.
In this time of turmoil, when political, religious and social challenges have engulfed us it is essential that we ask Allah to relieve us of these burdens and give us the strength and patience to overcome these challenges,' the spokesman added.
It will also relieve us of the trouble of buying different sizes of plastic bags,' said Alabat, a souvenir and processed food vendor for the last 20 years.
However, it does not relieve us of the obligation to advance long-term funding reforms to meet the future needs of a growing state.