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relieve (oneself)

euphemism To urinate or (less commonly) defecate. Tom decided to get rid of the dog after it relieved itself on his $500 rug. We'll be pulling into a rest stop soon, if anyone needs to relieve themselves.
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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 (one's) feelings

To do or say something as a means of venting or coping with one's feelings, especially anger or frustration. You may feel compelled to relieve your feelings of frustration by spanking your toddler, but it won't make you feel better, and it will teach them that violence is an acceptable solution to problems. Whenever anxiety takes hold of me, I go out for a walk along the canal to relieve my feelings.
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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 oneself

Euph. to urinate or defecate. He stopped by the side of the road to relieve himself. She needed badly to relieve herself, but there was no bathroom in sight.
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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 oneself

Urinate or defecate, as in The puppy relieved itself in the middle of the floor. The use of relieve for these bodily functions dates from the mid-1800s.
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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 your feelings

use strong language or vigorous behaviour when annoyed.
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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.
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relieve (oneself)

To urinate or defecate.
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"Effective kahapon (yesterday) he was relieved," he added.
In Malabon, two police officers were relieved after they figured in a road altercation with a reporter's son on Tuesday.
Eleazar said it is also up to the recommendation of the district director of QCPD if the lawmen could be relieved.
Dela Cruz was relieved after Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa found the station 'filthy' during a surprise visit last week.
If any consideration, however trivial, is actually received, the transaction is treated as a sale.(21) In the partnership setting, the statutory provisions of subchapter K mandate sale treatment when a partner is relieved of his share of partnership liabilities.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar in a text message to INQUIRER.net identified the relieved police officers as Insp.
Sabrina Holloway relieved Cynthia Beck as program manager for the Defense Agencies Initiative on May 17.
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), composed of USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), were relieved of their duties in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by the Iwo Jima ARG and the 24th MEU on 5 May.
In O'Brien, supra, the Tax Court notes that there was no suggestion in these two cases that the withdrawing partners were relieved of nonrecourse or other partnership liabilities.
The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) relieved all police personnel of Daanbantayan town north of Cebu on Saturday.
In a statement on Thursday, Andaya said he is willing to be relieved as the Majority Leader.
He said that if ground commanders are proven to have delivered below par performances, they will be relieved from their posts.
The Philippine National Police in Western Visayas has relieved 23 police chiefs in the region for alleged poor performance in the campaign against drugs and unlicensed guns.
At least 23 town chiefs of police in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) were relieved from their posts because of their dismal performance on the anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The Reagan CSG relieved the Eisenhower CSG as Commander, Task Force 50 on 6 July and launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan.