get rid of

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get rid of terminate, end, or take out "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics","Socialism extinguished these archaic customs","eliminate my debts"
    • v get rid of dispose of "Get rid of these old shoes!","The company got rid of all the dead wood"
    • v get rid of do away with "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted peoplewithout killing them used to burn their houses down - hence theexpression "toget fired."
    • Get rid of to get deliverance from
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “My wife is always trying to get rid of me. The other day she told me to put the garbage out. I said to her I already did. She told me to go and keep an eye on it.”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    Buckminster%20Fuller
    “Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreddan, to snatch away; Ger. retten.

Usage

In literature:

We had to get rid of him, and we couldn't give him away, for that would have been suspicious.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He could not get rid of the old lady.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Exorcism here is seldom practised, the working of a spell being the usual means employed for getting rid of the evil property.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
I suppose I cannot get rid of it?
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
Would you like to know how we rivulets get rid of the load we carry from the mountain slopes?
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
You and young Grundle together are in a conspiracy to get rid of me.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
In reality you want to get rid of the women.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
And you must perspire freely in all of our work because you get rid of many impurities through the pores.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
When the lower classes are willing to get rid of their vices, they will free themselves from their necessities.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The question will be, how to get rid of them.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
I must get rid of them.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Get rid of whatever you have in Titan Copper at 10:30.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Nancy's being there made it easy for Ellen to get rid of them all.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Had any thought of her possible recovery entered her mind, she would have contrived in some way to get rid of her.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It might as well have tried to get rid of its own mane.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Keeping out of debt is one thing, and getting rid of it when you have once taken its yoke upon your neck is another.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
But we must get rid of those youngsters!
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
Second, it gets rid of the waste matters or ashes of the body.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
There was no easier way of getting rid of his claims.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

We wipe our beaks
on the branches
wasting the dawn's
jewellery to get rid
of the taste of a man.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
"Get up, old man! the wake-lights shine!"
"Ye murthering witch," quoth he,
"So I'm rid of your tongue, I little care
If they shine for you or me."
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Then take you this, and take you that -
Your blood flows sluggish in its channel -
You must get rid of all this fat,
And wear my medicated flannel.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
We ran through the points and drew up in the lye,
My mate still gazing ahead, while I,
Glad to think he soon would get rid of his fright,
Leapt off to uncouple our train for the night.
"Jim Dalley" by Alexander Anderson
It was the blue & plain ones. I forget all that.
My own clouds darkening hung.
Besides, it wasn't serious.
They took them in different rooms & fed them lies.
'She admitted you wanted to get rid of it.'
'He told us he told you to.'
"Dream Song 110: It was the blue & plain ones. I forget all that" by John Berryman
My husband put some poison in my beer,
And fondly hoped that I would drink it up.
He would get rid of me - no bloody fear,
For when his back was turned I changed the cup.
He took it all, and if he did not die,
Its just because he's heartier than I.
"Infidelity" by Robert W Service

In news:

No, we're not going to get rid of any coaches and we're going to try to keep as many of our players as we possibly can and we're going to win some football games.
The City of Rochester will spend up to $25,000 trying to get rid of a lot of pesky crows in its downtown area.
Have a lot of old electronics you'd like to get rid of but aren't sure how.
If we were to get rid of this mass of reef, we would also be destroying the homes of many creatures.
MONTCLAIR — To get rid of an old, energy-hogging refrigerator in Montclair, you have two options: pay $10 or get paid $50.
The beauty products seller is getting rid of some 1,500 jobs around the world and exiting the less profitable markets of Vietnam and South Korea.
An Iowa town gave a longtime resident 60 days to get rid of a colony of feral cats.
The Nemachecks are part of a growing number of families getting rid of their landlines and using only cell phones.
Sooners eager to get rid of bad taste of last year's Bedlam loss.
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP — Residents are getting some help with getting rid of downed tree limbs and debris caused by Hurricane Sandy.
How would I take care of getting rid of it.
The most difficult aspect of educational reform, however, is getting rid of bad teachers.
If you're looking to get rid of it, Art of Life Chiropractic is holding their fifth annual candy buyback.
Reported a bigger-than-expected loss in the third quarter on plummeting sales as customers continue to reject its move to get rid of blockbuster sales in favor of everyday low pricing.
Reported a bigger-than-expected loss in the third quarter on plummeting sales as customers continue to reject its move get rid of blockbuster sales in favor of everyday low pricing.
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In science:

This last proposition allows one to get rid of the scalar field in the transformed set of equations (7)-(9), which has been noted by Rosly.
5-Dimensional Covariance and Generation of Solutions of Einstein Equations
The standard way to get rid of the tachyon in ten-dimensional superstring – the GSO-pro jection , which was already discussed in sect. 3.5 – in fact corresponds to fig. 9 with parallel BPS D-branes.
String Theory or Field Theory?
The aim of this modification is twofold: to get rid of the above assumptions (a,b) and to justify a ”universal class” of cascades.
On the uniqueness of the branching parameter for a random cascade measure
It is only in this limit where one can get rid of the arbitrariness in the choice of τ present in equations (33) and (35).
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
C (r, n). (One could get rid of the dependence of n in the constant ¯C (r, n) but such an improvement of the inequality (4.16) has no great importance for us.) First I show that relation (4.13) can be proved with the help of the estimate (4.16).
An estimate about multiple stochastic integrals with respect to a normalized empirical measure
In the following, we will show that the alternative CB approach not only can achieve all the results in this section, but also can get rid of all these drawbacks naturally.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
Spherical geometry can be used to get rid of edge state effects quite efficiently .
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
One has to use special symmetries to get rid of F (1 − x).
Dynamics of exponential linear map in functional space
The argument given there does not seem to be useful to get rid of local Killing vector fields, and makes essential use of the fact that M is compact without boundary.
KIDs are non-generic
In Section 6 we show how to get rid of KIDs in the time-symmetric case, while remaining in the time-symmetric class.
KIDs are non-generic
In formula (38), we get rid of the singular ψ -values and the tangent term by using Lemma 3.2.
Degenerate Gauss hypergeometric functions
In this subsection, we split the kernel K ′N (x, y), defined in (90), into two subkernels, to get rid of the integrals performed away from a small neighborhood of π1 .
The largest eigenvalue of small rank perturbations of Hermitian random matrices
First, we establish three basic lemmas that enable us to get rid of some negligible parts of the contours and to perform the third order Taylor expansion.
The largest eigenvalue of small rank perturbations of Hermitian random matrices
As our third main result, Theorem 2.3 bounds the tails of ratios between components of x and components of y . A scaling transformation is used to get rid of the nonlocal constraint that the random environment x is supported on a high-dimensional simplex.
Edge-reinforced random walk on a ladder
To study fluctuations we have to get rid of the smooth part.
Random Matrix Theory and Analysis of Nucleus-Nucleus Collision at High Energies
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