get rid of


  • 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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  • Mark Twain
    “Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “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
    “Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”


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


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

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.

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