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 disease. 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.
See also: of, rid
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
See also: of, rid

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?
See also: of, rid
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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When he returns we shall still be here to bar his way to the outer world, and thus we shall have rid ourselves of two enemies, nor have incurred the displeasure of the Father of Therns."
Then, when we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that, notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously, than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe.
We must rid ourselves of 19th century politicians like Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg by making our own decisions in Scotland.
The sooner we gain independence for Wales and rid ourselves of this obsolete royalist glorying nonsense the better.
One demonstration of democracy is whether we can rid ourselves of our representatives by voting them out.
When we rid ourselves of this obsession with colour, maybe this will change?
Just like we fought to rid ourselves of the one party regime, we must similarly fight to rid ourselves of Kalonzo's desire to install a one party region in Ukambani," said Prof Kibwana in a statement.
Surely it is now time to rid ourselves of this ridiculous, outdated, expensive and undemocratic institution that is the Monarchy and replace it with a Head of State elected by the people of this country rather than having one imposed upon us who comes from one obscenely privileged and pampered family.
and admit she is right and take the steps to rid ourselves of the cancer that Trump has caused and remove him.
We should adopt pets and by doing so, we can rid ourselves of depression and anxiety," he maintained.
It is necessary to rid ourselves of it," saidBaloch while addressing a press conference alongside Fata Reforms Committee head Sartaj Aziz, further stressing that the law would beabolished within a week's time.
"We must rid ourselves of the interstate agreement because, since the introduction of Kino, it has become unfair for the Republic of Cyprus.
For British manufacturers, Brexit has so far been good news, and I believe will continue to be in the years to come as we rid ourselves of cloying European red tape and do deals with businesses in other nations worldwide.
Let us all make a pledge to finally rid ourselves of this Tory government.
And the first thing that an independent UK must do is rid ourselves of parasite politicians: people who are far too often on the make.