see the back of (someone or something)

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see the back of (someone or something)

To be rid of or finished with someone or something, especially an unwanted or troublesome person or thing. Ed has been driving me nuts with requests—I'll feel a lot better when I see the back of him after this job is finished. Yeah, I'll be glad to see the back of this diet. Thankfully it's just another three weeks until the wedding!
See also: back, of, see

see the back of

Be finished with, as in I hope we've seen the back of Betsy; she is terribly rude. This idiom transfers literally seeing someone's back because they are leaving to a more figurative and permanent departure. Also see see the last of.
See also: back, of, see

see the back of

be rid of an unwanted person or thing. British informal
See also: back, of, see