To be rid of

Also found in: Idioms.
to be free or delivered from.

See also: Rid

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"By no means," replied the Fox; "pray do not molest them." "How is this?' said the Hedgehog; "do you not want to be rid of them?' "No," returned the Fox, "for these flies which you see are full of blood, and sting me but little, and if you rid me of these which are already satiated, others more hungry will come in their place, and will drink up all the blood I have left."
I would urge them more myself, but that I am impatient to be rid of him, as Mainwaring comes within half an hour.
WELL, I have never been more glad to be rid of something since I ditched an ex in the late eighties.
It's time for gay men to be rid of a drastic misconception about their sex lives, a misconception they've inherited from straight people eager to apply gender stereotypes to sex between two males.
And that's an evil thing he did, and to be rid of that evil would be no bad thing.
She agreed there were times when she "wanted to be rid of him."