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want rid of somebody/something

To wish to no longer be responsible for, associated with, or affected or by someone or something. Though many senators made it clear they wanted rid of the candidate before the election began, now that she has surged in popularity, those same senators are now embracing her. I really want rid of this restaurant—it's been nothing but a financial sinkhole since we bought it.
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want ˈrid of somebody/something

(British English, spoken, informal) want to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want: Are you trying to say you want rid of me?
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Royal biographer Penny Junor said: "He wanted rid of footmen who take messages from one royal to another.
Conte wanted rid of him by now with the delay complicating his efforts to land Romelu Lukaku from Everton.
On the September 7, 2012, he was a pilot/gunner at Camp Bastion and in January was returned home because the Taliban wanted rid of him by killing or kidnapping, this was done to save trouble for the troops serving with him.
Mrs Hart, of Kennington, told the coroner staff at Kent and Canterbury Hospital had "wanted rid of him".
And he wanted rid of Fruscione, who led the former Council majority that included Bob Anderson and Glenn Choolokian.
If, for example, there was a consensus in the area that local people wanted rid of Kirklees and just suppose say that there was a distinct preference for Huddersfield to recover its identity?
The caller rejected Nancy's suggestion that he pay to have the conversation someone look after the cat as he wanted rid of it that afternoon, he said.
It was a bitter experience which saw him quit the second-tier club in protest at being stitched up by their board, forced to do their dirty work and sack a coach they wanted rid of, and having his two top scorers sold on deadline day.
Peter Wright QC, opening the case for the prosecution, said: "The person responsible not only wanted rid of Robert and Patricia Seddon, a quiet, unassuming, elderly couple.
* SIR - I was shocked to learn that our First Minister said in the Senedd that the UK's nuclear deterrent would be "more than welcome" in Wales if the Scottish government wanted rid of it (report, June 20).
SUNDERLAND owner Ellis Short found out just how much the fans wanted rid of Steve Bruce - at a kids' match.
When they got in they wanted rid of it." She said it would have saved money in the long term and the situation was "an absolute waste of money." Cleveland will continue to be served by its Hartlepool HQ.
The breweries copied by most town councils a couple of decades later wanted rid of the cost of maintaining aging properties that were only yielding a relatively low rental income.
He said Ruby was killed because Cairns "just wanted rid of it", adding, "this is a case which is as bad as it gets".
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