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.
See also: of, rid
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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.
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 dawn came Tarzan explained his plan of battle to the warriors, and without demur one and all agreed that it was the safest and surest way in which to rid themselves of their unwelcome visitors and be revenged for the murder of their fellows.
It is said that when prosperity a few years ago enabled the farmers to rid themselves of their mortgages, John D.
Hardly had they given the bridles of their horses to their lackeys and rid themselves of their cloaks when a man approached them, and after looking at them for an instant by the doubtful light of the lantern hung in the centre of the courtyard he uttered an exclamation of joy and ran to embrace them.
Queen of the South will look at 'legal options' in an attempt to rid themselves of the seagull problem that has blighted Palmerston Park in recent times.
TO rid themselves of a Jeremy Corbyn/John McDonnell style of government people across Eastern Europe were willing to risk their lives or life in a Soviet gulag prison.
LEICESTER rid themselves of an eight-game losing streak in all competitions by claiming a 35-24 bonus point Gallagher Premiership victory over Harlequins at Welford Road.
He added that they rid themselves of corrupt leaders.
"The key to this festival is for the people to observe the religious precepts, and rid themselves of meat consumption.
Brazil only arrived in the city in the early hours of Sunday morning, when they were met by a throng of reporters and a large crowd of vociferous supporters at their hotel.The five-time champions are aiming to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the seventh time in a row, while their opponents are looking to rid themselves of "the curse of the fifth game", after falling at the second-round stage in each of the past six tournaments.
"They started the season trying to rid themselves of last year's problems against the lower teams and these types of performances, but Jose Mourinho at the end of the game referred to attitude and lack of consistency - he's got to rid his team "And that can sometimes be an improvement player's attitude and belief, it can sometimes some of them are easy to identify - the ones causing that problem - and need to go and "I think United's transfer window will be think it will be huge in terms of quantity of three or four players leaving and three or coming in - but I think they will be big players.
The collapse of freight rates during the second half of last year, far out of line with the underlying supply and demand fundamentals, suggests that carriers have not yet rid themselves of certain self-sabotaging traits and that talk of a new golden age for carriers was perhaps exaggerated.
Shah said some institutions show discrimination while dealing with Lahore and Larkana and they need to rid themselves of this thinking.
Not until Labour rid themselves of this pressure group, as they did with Militant Tendency, another insidious group, will they be able to govern properly.
Many people opt for a shower to rid themselves of negative vibes after a long work day, but what they don't know is that a hot bath will do them an even bigger favor: burning calories.
LABOUR MPs are so desperate to rid themselves of Jeremy Corbyn they have forgotten that the party stands above all for justice.