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Be (or get) rid of:‘I'd be glad to be shut of him’
- ‘The room, darkened both by the sun's setting and the closed blinds, was shut of all noise and interference, save for the monitoring devices secured around the bed.’
- ‘That means every rag and tag merchant who can't afford enough guards of his own wants to attach himself to Kilthan's coattails, and, since the roads are open to all, we can't be shut of them.’
- ‘Surely the administration's desire to be shut of that country, at least in appearances before the November elections must play a part in these hopes.’
- ‘Now, to get this groomed effect must take quite some effort, and a lot more time than just getting shut of it all.’
- ‘But he finally got shut of the shop, enabling him to move out of the area, when the Mini-Mart and three-bedroom maisonette was sold.’
- ‘On the other hand, the President himself may wish he could be shut of it as an issue by summer, so that it doesn't become a burden to his re-election chances.’
- ‘He wasn't alone or unique in his view that to be rid of milk would be to be shut of a whole lot of trouble for it was a product that in fact was eating up senior executive time and profits.’
- ‘If it was losing money, then I say get shut of it and spend the money on something more important, like players.’
- ‘We used to wash the eggs and he'd get shut of them.’
- ‘Those poor lads must be relieved to be shut of me and my nagging.’
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