riddance


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rid·dance

 (rĭd′ns)
n.
The act of ridding: riddance of household pests.
Idiom:
good riddance
Used to express relief that someone or something has been gotten rid of.

riddance

(ˈrɪdəns)
n
the act of getting rid of something undesirable or unpleasant; deliverance or removal (esp in the phrase good riddance)

rid•dance

(ˈrɪd ns)

n.
1. the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable.
2. relief or deliverance from something.
Idioms:
good riddance, (used to express relief at deliverance from something): They're gone, and good riddance!
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riddance - the act of removing or getting rid of somethingriddance - the act of removing or getting rid of something
remotion, removal - the act of removing; "he had surgery for the removal of a malignancy"
simplification - elimination of superfluous details
2.riddance - the act of forcing out someone or somethingriddance - the act of forcing out someone or something; "the ejection of troublemakers by the police"; "the child's expulsion from school"
defenestration - the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
banishment, proscription - rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
deportation - the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien
ostracism - the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
barring, blackball - the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
ousting, ouster - the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out

riddance

noun
1. The act of getting rid of something useless or used up:
2. The act or process of eliminating:
Translations

riddance

[ˈrɪdəns] N good riddance (to bad rubbish)!¡vete con viento fresco!
and good riddance to him!¡que se pudra!

riddance

[ˈrɪdəns] n
good riddance! → bon débarras!
good riddance to sb → bon vent à qn

riddance

n good riddance (to bad rubbish)! (inf)ein Glück, dass wir das/den etc los sind

riddance

[ˈrɪdns] n good riddance! (fam) → che liberazione!
References in classic literature ?
Go teh hell wid him, damn yeh, an' a good riddance. Go teh hell an' see how yeh likes it."
"And as for your manners, brother, I must tell you, they deserve a cane."--"Why then you may gi' it me, if you think you are able," cries the squire; "nay, I suppose your niece there will be ready enough to help you."--"Brother," said Mrs Western, "though I despise you beyond expression, yet I shall endure your insolence no longer; so I desire my coach may be got ready immediately, for I am resolved to leave your house this very morning."--"And a good riddance too," answered he; "I can bear your insolence no longer, an you come to that.
"Compeyson took it easy as a good riddance for both sides.
On the other hand, Poyser, you might let Thurle have the Lower and Upper Ridges, which really, with our wet seasons, would be a good riddance for you.
"Whin a bad egg is shut av the Army, he sings the Divil's Mass for a good riddance; an' that manes swearin' at ivrything from the Commandher-in-Chief down to the Room-Corp'ril, such as you niver in your days heard.
"No, I have one hundred," said Bulstrode, feeling the immediate riddance too great a relief to be rejected on the ground of future uncertainties.
All the rest goes, and good riddance. It's that much junk."
Dan'l, I'd better go into the house, and die and be a riddance!'
Tomorrow ere fresh Morning streak the East With first approach of light, we must be ris'n, And at our pleasant labour, to reform Yon flourie Arbors, yonder Allies green, Our walks at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our scant manuring, and require More hands then ours to lop thir wanton growth: Those Blossoms also, and those dropping Gumms, That lie bestrowne unsightly and unsmooth, Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; Mean while, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest.
Oh, what a glorious riddance!" And, after a little thought, he negotiated the slope into Windy Corner, light of heart.
It will be a case, I imagine, of Mauki getting Bunster, or Bunster getting Mauki, and good riddance in either event."
'There's just one thing though,' said Mr Boffin, 'that I should like to ask you before we come to a good riddance, if it was only to show this young lady how conceited you schemers are, in thinking that nobody finds out how you contradict yourselves.'