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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This relieves us of all doubt upon the question whether the old lady could have first destroyed the daughter and afterward have committed suicide.
Jesus relieves us of the burden of adjudicating this situation of which we will never know the whole truth.
"So it relieves us of the pressure now, I believe a little bit, to just go in and play a game in Boston.
Doesn't the current situation seem like taking a painkiller (in the form of inverters or generators) that temporarily relieves us of our pain but does not take into account the root causes of the problem?
Russell Chatham relieves us of perfect rural streams and angelic trout for an honest, well written account of striper fishing under a bridge in San Francisco Bay.
"The Triune God of grace provides the response through Jesus Christ and so relieves us of a terrible burden," urges Soderholm, growing animated.
Having Finkbeiner do commentaries "plays to his strengths much better, a nd also relieves us of some of these conflict-of-interest concerns."
It is something the Chancellor will be bearing in mind this afternoon as he relieves us of disposable income to fund the NHS.
There is no uninterpreted fact of the matter that relieves us of our responsibility to read, sort through, and interpret the texts and images in which we are immersed.
Putting other people on lists allows us to reduce them to an abstraction and relieves us of the need to engage, understand, or respect them.
HE MADE ME ANGRY!" "She makes me feel stupid." Feeling angry and stupid and attributing the cause of the feelings to someone else relieves us of the responsibility for our feelings.
We understand that no provision of this agreement relieves us of the obligation to treat each other with caring and mutual respect.
There may well be people who supported the war for moral reasons, but it is difficult to avoid thinking that what is being called patriotism today is, on the part of many people, a combination of "group narcissism" (which turns us in on ourselves and enables us to see military victory for our side as the highest good of the moment) and a "neurotic obedience" (which leaves decisions in the hands of authority figures and thus relieves us of the anxiety of making our own decisions and accepting the consequences of our own initiatives).
"I was not always a judge," our author tells us, perhaps to relieves us of any suspicion that he sprang fully robed from the womb of Athena.