rid of (someone or something)

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rid of (someone or something)

1. adjective No longer having someone or something as a concern, burden, or unwanted attachment. I'm so glad to be rid of that project. It had so many parts and felt like a burden for weeks! I can't wait until the day I am finally rid of this miserable illness. We've been scheming ways to get rid of Jacobson, but he holds too much power on the board.
2. verb To cause or allow someone, something, or oneself to be free of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rid" and "of." The president vowed to rid the country of criminals by any means necessary. I've been trying to rid myself of this cold for weeks. We'll happily rid you of that pesky journalist, but the means won't be exactly legal.
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*rid of someone or something

free of someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm trying to get rid of Mr. Smith. He's bothering me. I'll be happy when I get rid of my old car.
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rid (oneself or something) of (someone or something)

to free oneself or something of someone or something; to deliver oneself or something from someone or something. The boys were not clever enough to rid themselves of Tom's little sister. Will we ever be able to rid this house of spiders?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rid of

1. To make someone or something become free of something else: The peace movement hoped to rid the world of violence. I was finally able to rid myself of all financial worries. I can't seem to get rid of this cold.
2. To throw out something; dispose of something. Used in the passive with get: I got rid of the old magazines that were cluttering up my office.
See also: of, rid
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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Although it's entirely normal to acquire earworms, it's not that easy to rid oneself of them once they've burrowed in.
Still, it is difficult to rid oneself of the bad taste--literally and metaphorically.
One cannot "rid oneself of the impression that one has a duty to God." Knowledge of the constituting factors of the human self is part of immanent metaphysical knowledge; Descartes's cogito is one example of such knowledge.
A vague promise is made to rid oneself of all this excess baggage.
But however elegantly the curators take up these problematics, and even if they in many cases press the right buttons to activate them in the show, it is hard to rid oneself of the impression that "2010" mainly entertains a mimetic relationship to such discussions.
Removing Thomas Becket from the face of the earth seems like child's play, compared to the much knottier problem of knowing how one may rid oneself of the tiresome problem of receiving unsolicited text messages on one's mobile.
Yet, it is difficult to rid oneself of the impression that Kasapata holds much more, and that more precise recording in the field and, especially, an excavation strategy better suited to the delicate and fragile nature of the evidence could have yielded more convincing support for the proposed foraging-horticulture transition.
And, of course the attendant need to downsize, to rid oneself of one's possessions and also to prepare for the dreaded move - the packing and stowing, assembling and dismantling - all these things make selling and moving home probably the second most dreaded thing after divorce.
To rid oneself of a beer gut, exercise will be required and that doesn't just mean jogging to the bar for your pork scratchings.
Far from being a gift to be embraced, though, dependence seems to be a burden to rid oneself of as soon as possible.
Attempt is made to show that the Vedantic methods, which are primarily aimed at self-realization, help an individual in transcending the ego's exclusive identification with a limited social sphere and its ideologies, this pointed Out that Vedantic methods incidentally help rid oneself of all social prejudices.
But one cannot easily rid oneself of the wound caused by the loss of home.
The way to rid oneself of being sacrificial is to become a "selfist." That's different than being selfish.
In exile in the U.S., the need to construct an identity is pressed upon the individual with the illusory promise that one might be able to rid oneself of anxieties and fears by assuming "typical" American practices: by eating canned soup, white bread, and Jell-O and "hiding one's passion for sausages smothered in onions and peppers and crackling in fat." In "Fearful Paradise" Simic again gives the reader a very personal, intimate view of the seduction of "assimilation" and the resistance to it that allows the exile to continue to perceive cultures from a perspective which enables others to see the parts of the psyche usually hidden from view in their own self-examinations.
The compulsive-addictive personality may temporarily rid oneself of one aspect of destructive behaviors, such as alcohol, drug, or tobacco addiction or compulsive eating, gambling or sexuality but will eventually shift the psychic energy into another.