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.
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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.
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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]
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relieve of

v.
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
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He says if you can ask yourself why you worry so much, and realise you can't help it, you relieve yourself of feeling responsible.
The good news is, you can relieve yourself of all that unnecessary clutter that's clogging your life and mind.
And she tries to follow the best advice given to her regarding her academic career: Follow your heart, relieve yourself of the pressure to do everything and to do it all perfectly, and "find good mentors and collaborators who are really going to push your thinking."
Relieve yourself of stress: Sleeping for a minimum of 6-8 hours a day, trying and using stress relaxation techniques, talking about how you feel, etc will help you in maintaining and lowering your stress.
"Relieve yourself of the burden of trying to be perfect or to do this in the right way," he said.
THE tendency is to merely daydream and relieve yourself of any dull activities.
For weekly readings call 0903 658 2001 (75p/min + access charge) For weekly readings call 0903 658 2007 (75p/min + access charge) AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19 LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 22 The tendency is to daydream and relieve yourself of any dull activities.
Plus, you may get to relieve yourself of an itchy trigger finger.
Relieve yourself of the burden of choice, slim your vocabulary two sizes in the New Year, this is my commitment to myself.
You do not relieve yourself of responsibility or liability by referring to the GP if that referral pathway is later deemed inappropriate.
"If you can defeat mortars and Kayusha [artillery rockets] with a laser, you can relieve yourself of the big logistics tail required to bring ammunition to the front and having to maintain the guns.
* Scaling Down, by Culbertson & Decker: Suggests how to look at life to relieve yourself of some of your "stuff."
You have to come off to relieve yourself of those."
At some stage you have to come off to relieve yourself of those fluids."